'Government can't employ ECD teachers'

HARARE - Government cannot afford to employ teachers for Early Childhood Development (ECD), Finance minister Patrick Chinamasa has said.

“Government recognises the complementary role that parents play in the Early Childhood Development (ECD) Programmes. However, the takeover of management and financing of ECDs is clearly beyond government’s current capacity.

“It is proposed that, the pending requests to recruit an additional 5 907 teachers at ECD level be shelved and pave way for parents and communities to continue supporting the provision of ECD services.

Parents and communities participation in supporting the provision of ECD schooling services will save the fiscus an additional $36 million in employment costs per annum,” he said in his national budget on Thursday.