Investing in the Future: Boosting Early Childhood Education

The Government has increased the allocation for early childhood education (ECE) by $2.5 million to $22.3 million in the 2024-2025 financial year.

Replying to the National Budget in Parliament, Minister for Education Aseri Radrodro said the Government recognized the importance of early childhood care.

“We recognise that the foundation of a strong education system begins with early childhood education,” Mr. Radrodro said.

“This budget allocates significant resources to enhance early learning programs, ensuring that our youngest children receive the best possible start in life.”

Mr. Radrodro said the increase in the budget would allow the ministry to continue the re-engagement of school chaplains.

“I note that there is a significant net increase of $25 million under SEG 1 for teachers and under this allocation, $16.8 million has been provided for primary education, while the secondary school has received $14 million, while there is a decrease of $5.6 million in the administration cadre.

“This will allow the Coalition Government to continue the work of the re-engagement of school chaplains under the cost-sharing arrangement with faith-based organizations.

“We intend to submit a Cabinet paper, proposing a salary package to be adopted and we shall prioritise this area of learning.”

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