Limpopo Social Development to transfer ECD functions to Department of Education – SABC News

The Limpopo Education and Social Development departments say they are now in the final stages of stakeholder engagements, towards moving Early Childhood Development (ECD) centers from social development.

It will be effective from April 1 this year.

This follows President Cyril Ramaphosa’s statement during the 2019 State of the Nation address that responsibility for early childhood development centers will be transferred to the Department of Basic Education.

The authorities of the Department of Education and Social Development engaged various stakeholders through roadshows on the imminent transfer of ECD to the Department of Education.

They are expected to hold roadshows in all districts. The objective is to inform stakeholders about the administrative process and responsibilities of ECDs in the new department.

The roadshow started in Senwabarwana, Limpopo.

Education department spokesman Tidimalo Chuene said they have designed state monitoring and support systems for ECDs.

Chuene said: “The process was launched during the State of the Nation address in February 2019, where President Cyril Ramaphosa directed that the function be moved to education. The Roadshow is part of stakeholder engagement processes that follow the release of a Proclamation Provincial Gazette issued by Limpopo Premier Stan Mathabatha on July 23, 2021, giving legal effect to the transfer of administration and of the powers of the MEC function of social development. at the MEC of Education from the first of April.

Chuene hopes there will be a smooth transition from ECDs to the Department of Education.

She says, “Stakeholders invited to this series of engagements include ECD center representatives, ECD coordinators, Ministry of Education officials including circuit managers, principals and representatives of governing bodies of schools. This latest set of engagements focuses primarily on our readiness to receive the function, examines the evolution of finances, human resources and infrastructure. We started this process on March 4 and we must conclude with these commitments on March 17. »

Work tirelessly

Limpopo’s social development department says its officials have worked tirelessly to ensure that all stakeholders are engaged.

Some early childhood development center owners in Polokwane expressed mixed reactions to the decision to transfer the centers to the Department of Education.

Tarryn Campbell says she is very excited about moving from the Department of Social Development to the Department of Education.

“As it stands now at Wonderland, we have an early childhood development center on the same principle as the foundation phase and the middle phase. Thus, the two sections were controlled by different departments. So we look forward to everyone being under the same department and the same regulations being applicable as far as possible to both sections of our school and we have worked extensively with the Department of Education and we believe it will be fluid if we are led by them and we look forward to the migration.

Caroline Smith says, “I wasn’t aware of that. We just heard from other people, but they also assume, but no one came to see us. Nobody said anything, we didn’t hear about any meetings. So they were saying that when we open we have to go under the system so they can identify any accidents and let us know, but after opening they were silent. They don’t come to us at all.

Authorities will continue to visit all school districts through the end of this month.

VIDEO: The shift of ECD from social development to education is underway:

Joel C. Hicks