By Moses Masiye
Jan 2, 2016
Malawi’s education think-tank the civil society education coalition (CSEC) has faulted government pipeline plan to hire retired teachers as early childhood development care givers.
CSEC executive director Benedicto Kondowe said it will be costly to train and pay the retired teachers following government’s failure to train and pay care givers.
“Government is already doing too little in ensuring its commitment towards the welfare of child care givers in the country’s early childhood development centres.
“I am not even sure whether a retired primary school teacher would still wish to teach in the ECD centres under the current economic handicap,” said Kondowe.
He said though if approved, it is doubtful if Malawi’s budget would allocate enough funds to meet the running of the child care centres and at the same time, welfare of the retired teachers.
Kondowe suggests that government should consult thoroughly and make good research before advancing this idea.
However,Minister of Gender,Children Disability and Social Welfare Patricia Kaliyati who hatched the idea, still think it is valid.
Kaliyati however says this is just a proposal which will still require many consultations and input, before coming up with a concept paper .
“This will pass through several schools of thoughts and consultations, but still we will try to advance it hence it is helpful, Kaliyati said.
According to Kaliyati, the retired teachers will just beef up the workforce, as some untrained care givers go for trainings and upgrading.
She said hiring retired primary school teachers will assist prepare the child for primary school, and will make the job easy for junior primary school teachers.
About 60 percent of infants in Malawi currently have no access to early childhood development education.
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