Government is proposing that another year be added to the education system, which means that in future children will be in the system for 14 years rather than 12.
The introduction of another grade at the foundational level is believed to be a stepping stone for rural children who have shorter schooling hours.
It is expected to strengthen the foundation of the child’s schooling career and ensure that basic numeracy and literacy skills are grasped at an early age.
However, doubts over whether government has the capacity to manage another year of schooling has risen.
As reports over textbook delivery failures and incompetent, untrained educator’s surface each year some are wondering if the education department will have the resources to supervise an extra grade.
Will an extra year place strain on government and taxpayers? Or will it help to prepare children for their schooling careers?
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