Government develops new policy to increase enrolment in ECDE centres

Learners in an ECDE Centre in Embu County.

The Government has integrated health, nutrition, safety and security in Early Childhood Development Education ECDE centres in a bid to increase enrolment and also ensure all eligible learners access education.

Cabinet Secretary for Labour and Social Protection Florence Bore said the integration comes under a newly formulated ECDE Policy intended to ensure quality learning was accessed at all level by all eligible children.

The CS said the policy was development by the Ministry of Education but brought inputs from various government arms to ensure that pre-schools education in the country was aligned to regional and international requirements.

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Government develops new policy to increase enrolment in ECDE centres

 

Although the Kenya Kwanza government has come up with programmes to review education programmes in the country, some reforms have been termed as haphazard by experts raising issues over how implementation will be done.

There has been a large population of children whose entry to ECDE classes has remained uncaptured with the CS Bore insisting that the new policy aims at expanding enrolment and capturing eligible learners left out in the past.

The CS said the new policy comes with fresh attractive packages including school feeding programmes, improved facilities and construction of more centers as well as an updated curriculum.

“A new curriculum has been captured under the new policy and aims at promoting the entire wellbeing of the child including physical and emotional all round growth,” the report by the CS.

By Robert Nyagah

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