EARLY Childhood Care which was not featured under the Universal Basic Education (UBE) policy, is now a concern for many who attended the launching of the UBE report last week.
The UBE policy was established by National Government to fast track the achievement of its goals in light of poor progress being made towards its full attainment in education.
The plan aims to achieve the target in access, retention and quality, thus must be inclusive.
With all the goals and targets outlined at the launching, it was shocking to discover that early childhood care was not included, as it was a foundation of nation prosperity.
Comments forwarded to Acting Education Secretary Dr Michael Tapo state that this was a vital part of education and must be included.
There were concerns on how rural people could have access to early childhood care.
When responding, Tapo said the Department of Education would not achieve what was said if timely report and research were not presented to them.
He said research was the only way they could know of basic facts that would enable them to plan out appropriate actions.
He added that early childhood care in rural areas would be accessible if classrooms were built where the people were instead of students travelling some distance to attend classes.
He stressed that location of classrooms was very important as it enabled students to go to school and be educated.
He congratulated the National Research Institute for the report and urged for more valuable reports on education.
Papua New Guinea education news services
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