THE National Democratic Movement (NDM) has commended new education minister Ronald Thwaites on his recent statement that early childhood education would be his first area of emphasis.
“For years the NDM has been urging successive governments to adopt early childhood education as the preferred approach and we have had many discussions on the sterling long-term beneficial results such an action would have,” the party said in a news release.
It said it was also recommending to the new minister that all early childhood schools should be brought to the same standard and that they should create a standard curriculum for all the schools with emphasis on reading, reasoning and respect.
“Place in those schools properly trained teachers who have attained the special skills to teach children ages 2.5 to six years,” the NDM said.
“The present pre-trained teachers should be given the opportunity to upgrade their credentials so their long experience would not be lost to early childhood teaching,” the party said.
“There are only about 15,000 children annually whose parents may need special assistance and they can be covered under the PATH programme. In seven to 10 years we would have a literate society which can reason for itself,” the party said.