ECD’s transition from social development to education, according to Lesufi, is a significant achievement.

Panyaza Lesufi, Gauteng Education MEC, said the transfer of Early Childhood Development (ECD) from the Department of Social Development to its department is a significant success as it will ensure that children receive essential support from R to grade one.

According to Lesufi, all ECD centers would follow the same curriculum.

From an early age, he says, students will be exposed to math, physical science and life science.

According to the Gauteng Education MEC, this will help minimize the number of students dropping out of school.

He says the department has already started establishing R-level classes in schools across Gauteng and will ensure there are R-level classes in all schools by the end of the year.

The MEC was addressing the media on his department’s budget of almost R60 billion for the financial year 2022/23 at the Gauteng Legislative Assembly.

“Gone are the days when our children were simply dropped off in a manger to pray, sing, eat and go home. We invest a lot of resources to ensure that [we] first train educators, develop a curriculum. Thirdly [we] have a standard infrastructure to be used across the province. Finally, which is crucial, follow their evolution. This will help us ensure that each learner can be tracked, traced and we can understand their social well-being,” says MEC Lesufi.

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Joel C. Hicks