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Nawaicoba Lauds Kindy Help

Parents of Nawaicoba Kindergarten in Ra have expressed their appreciation to the Bainimarama Government for the payment of the grant for Early Childhood Education (ECE) students. The comments came when
10 Feb 2016 10:30
Nawaicoba Lauds Kindy Help
Minister for Education, Heritage and Arts Mahendra Reddy (middle), senior education officers and teacher and students of Nawaicoba Kindergarten.Photo: Ministry of Education

Parents of Nawaicoba Kindergarten in Ra have expressed their appreciation to the Bainimarama Government for the payment of the grant for Early Childhood Education (ECE) students.

The comments came when the Minister for Education, Heritage and Arts, Mahendra Reddy visited the kindergarten last Friday.

Government started with the payment of the ECE grant in Term Two of 2015 and has been receiving overwhelming support and positive response from the parents with this new initiative.

There are more than 1000 Early Childhood Centres in the country and the Government has extended its services to this level noting its significance to the development of a child. The Government is paying a grant of $50 per child for each term which makes a total of $150 per annum.

This initiative was undertaken to relieve parents from this financial burden and remove barriers to education. The Government noted that students, especially in rural and remote areas and those who come from low income earning families, were not able to attend kindergarten due to financial constraints.

Nawaicoba Public School kindergarten teacher Saras Kumar said the Government grant which started last year had increased their student roll.

She said parents had commended Government for paying their children’s fees as most of them did not have a steady income to support their children’s education. Mrs Kumar has been teaching at the centre for 17 years and is indebted to Government’s initiative because it had opened up opportunities for students from the settlements of Rada and Nawaicoba to access education.

Students from Rada leave home as early as 6am to board the bus for an hour ride to Nawaicoba to attend kindergarten.

Source: Ministry of Education

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