Expanding early childhood education
August 28, 2015 5:37 am
Due to the growing number of Early Childhood Education Centres being registered around the country, the Ministry of Education has decided to give the sector a proper profile just as they already have for Primary and Secondary schools.
Minister for Education, Mahendra Reddy revealed this in parliament this morning.
He was responding to a question posed by Government MP Jilila Kumar as to what are the Ministry’s plans for expanding early childhood education in Fiji.
‘What we have done, is we have established a smaller section which we want over a four year period of time to have a section on its own but we’ve established a second senior education officer curriculum for ECE along with the two other officers that we have, another senior education officer administration that used to be there along with an AG officer, in addition to that, honorable deputy speaker we have appointed four ECE advisers in the districts, they will go in and inspect the schools and advise’’.
To date there are seven hundred and sixty four registered ECE Centers, this is more than the seven hundred and thirty registered Primary Schools in the country.
The Minister reminded all parliamentarians that under the Fiji Constitution section 31, everyone has the right to early childhood education and the Ministry of Education is going to see that this is happens.