Basic school rationalisation programme fully underway - Gov't
The Government says its policy of establishing infant schools or early-childhood departments as part of the primary institutions is now fully underway.
Minister of Education Ruel Reid says the Early Childhood Commission is currently working with the ministry's regional team to establish 14 infant departments across the island for the early-childhood rationalisation programme.
In a ministerial statement to the Upper House today, Reid said the Government allocated $50 million in the Budget last year for renovation or modification works in primary schools to create infant departments in 30 schools.
He said, to date, work on 28 schools have been completed, and work is in progress on two which are close to completion.
The education minister said another $50 million has been earmarked in this year's Budget to carry out additional renovation works in primary schools to create infant departments.
Discussing the benefits to be derived from this policy, Reid said in the short term children in all parishes will be provided with access to quality early-childhood infant school services that will positively impact their development.
He said in the long run, the provision of high-quality early-childhood education will result in improved student performance at primary and secondary levels and a reduction in the remedial education and social dependence, including welfare and criminal justice systems.