Angie's ECD Institute dream in tatters
In the three years of its existence, the department has spent about R200-million to sustain the institute that has not achieved its targets
THREE years ago, Angie Motshekga, then Gauteng education MEC, launched the Early Childhood Development Institute.
Since the launch, the institute, which was supposed to improve numbers in ECD and train practitioners, has been silent.
The institute's main aim is to ensure that all stakeholders in ECD education are involved. The institute is supposed to map and monitor childhood education to ensure there is access and quality.
ECD caters for children from pre-school to Grade R.
In the three years of its existence, the department has spent about R200-million to sustain the institute that has not achieved its targets.
Education MEC Barbara Creecy has since taken over some of its programmes.
The DA's Khume Ramulifho said they were unaware of what the institute had achieved over the years. "Most of the issues regarding early childhood development have been centralised to the MEC's office. The office is one of the few places in the education department that overspends. The department underspends a lot when it comes to early childhood development."
Gauteng education department spokesman Charles Phahlane said one of the institute's biggest tasks was the "universalisation of Grade R by 2014".
This despite the programme being championed by Creecy's office.