Two Pre-School Years Could Soon Be Compulsory

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According to Business Tech, Minister Angie Motshekga says her department will table a bill this year that will make two schooling years before Grade 1 compulsory.

This is one of the planned laws that was announced at the State of the Nation Address on Thursday 13 February.

In a statement on Tuesday 18 February, Motshega said they are in the process of declaring the two years prior to Grade 1 compulsory. Deliberation for the bill is said to be tabled in parliament this year.

“We are in the process of finalising the National Framework for Early Childhood Development (ECD), which we will release for broad consultations early in the 2020/21 financial year,” said Motshekga.

Reports say, a readiness assessment of the Department of Basic Education will be conducted, to receive and effectively deliver the Early Childhood Development function.

“Guided by the Government Technical Advisory Centre (GTAC), we are determining the financial and human resource implications of an integrated ECD program at local, provincial and national levels,” said Motshekga.