The Minister of Primary and Secondary Education, Paul Mavima has called upon rural people to ensure that their children have access to state-of-the-art education facilities.
He said this while commissioning an Early Child Development (ECD) Centre at Eaglesvale Junior School last week. Said Mavima:
This is an excellent centre (the new ECD Centre) with computers, internet and audio-visual facilities which means that the 60 fortunate youngsters here have access to state of the art facilities.
You have supported us as the Ministry of Primary and Secondary Education in rolling out and mainstreaming ECD education, we started the entire process in 2004 but had few schools with ECD centres.
In 2013 we pushed for Zimbabweans to understand that our educations system now start at ECD-A with four-year-olds and continues in primary school to Grade Seven which means now a leaner has to take nine years in the primary education sector.
We did not do it to punish our learners but we did it because it is the right thing to do because there is overwhelming evidence that if learners start early there will be a payoff in terms of their performance.
Mavima revealed that a Bill to provide for free basic education has already been drafted and is waiting to be tabled in Parliament. If the Bill becomes law, learners from Grade One to Seven will receive free education.