DA KZN – Transformation critical within Early Childhood Development phase

Tom Stokes, MPP

DA KZN Spokesperson on Education

The Democratic Alliance in KwaZulu-Natal fully supports a commitment by provincial education MEC, Senzo Mchunu, to ensure that Early Childhood Development (ECD) teachers receive better pay and are re-categorised as proper teachers.

It is a recipe for disaster that only a mere 200 out of approximately 1 000 ECD teachers in the province are adequately qualified.  The quality of existing ECD teaching is so poor in some schools that these individuals are really little more than child-minders.  This has to be addressed.

If the ECD academic programme is to be taken seriously and its full potential realised, then teachers need to be properly qualified and properly paid.  The full benefits of this investment will have a massive impact in just a few short years.

The DA stands by the MEC in calling on national government to realise this failing at the crucial introductory level of education.  The issue is not simply about earning an extra R1 000 a month.  It is about transforming ECD into a credible education phase.

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