Early Childhood Commission says it's taking steps to address shortcomings
The Early Childhood Commission says it is taking steps to address shortcomings identified in an audit conducted by the Auditor General's Department.
Among other things, the report revealed that the commission has failed to issue registration certificates to early childhood institutions operating across Jamaica throughout its 10-year existence.
The audit has uncovered that the commission has been flouting the law by not carrying out the required number of inspections of institutions.
Communications manager at the Early Childhood Commission, Celia Morgan, says it is true that the commission has not issued any registration certificates since it was established.
She explains that this is because none of the institutions have attained all the 12 standards required to get a registration certificate.
However, she says the commission has been restructuring its registration process in light of challenges being faced by the institutions seeking to be registered.
Morgan says some early childhood institutions that have recently attained the registered status will be announced by year end.
Meanwhile, Morgan says staffing constraints have been affecting the commission's ability to carry out the required inspections of the thousands of early childhood institutions across Jamaica.
She says more people are being employed to ensure that the agency is brought back in compliance with the law.
Under the Early Childhood Regulations 2005, the Early Childhood Commission is required to conduct inspections at least twice yearly for each early childhood institution.