55% of under five children deprived of access to ECD services

At least 55% of under children in the country are not accessing Early Childhood Education (ECD).

The revelation has been made by the Executive Director for the Association of Early Childhood Development in Malawi Archie Malisita.

Malisita told YFM that inadequate funding is the major problem affecting delivery of ECD services in the country.

“Since funds are few, it has affected the services in many ways, for instance infrastructure development, learning materials.”

“We have about 37,000 care givers but the ones that have been trained are 17,000 , ,we also do not pay the care givers as such they just teach the children for the sake of gaining experience and then leave for greener pastures,” Malisita added.

In the 2018-2019 proposed budget, ECD services were allocated K600 Million.

Meanwhile, Centre for Human Rights and Rehabilitation (CHRR) has faulted government for failing to provide ECD services to the children.

CHRR advocacy officer Michael Kaiyatsa said it is government’s obligation to ensure that every child accesses education as stipulated in the country’s constitution.

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *