Tackling high drop-out rate at schools starts in early childhood development

More effort is required at the Early Childhood Development (ECD) phase to address South African learners' shabby performance in Science and Mathematics and high drop-out rate.

702/Cape Talk's Redi Tlhabi spoke to Marie-Louise Samuels from the Department of Basic Education, and Leanne Jansen-Thomas from Equal Education about the challenges in South Africa's early childhood development programme.

Listen to the conversation below:

It is the quality that we are very concerned about, but we still need to increase access, particularly in rural areas.

Marie- Louise Samuels, Department of Basic Education

There are so many competing priorities within education... It's unfair to say that we are not prioritising ECD

Marie-Louise Samuels, Department of Basic Education

ECD curriculum and infrastructure development and teacher capacity are key areas of focus that require urgent attention.

There's a huge difference between access and quality. We have to ensure that we are providing both.

Leanne Jansen Thomas, Equal Education

There's this huge focus on matric results as if those results don't have anything to do with early learning phase.

Leanne Jansen Thomas, Equal Education
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