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More budgetary support for early childhood sector

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Thursday, April 03, 2014    

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MINISTER of Education Ronald Thwaites says more budgetary support is coming for the early childhood sector, particularly in the areas of emoluments and improved facilities.

Delivering the keynote address recently at the launch of Project Sprout, an early childhood improvement initiative spearheaded by Sandals Foundation, the minister said that consciousness is growing that children must receive a proper start in education, and that the ministry will continue to give its commitment to the sector.

"Last year we were able to improve the allocation by 11 per cent, and this year we are hoping to increase it to about 14 per cent of the education budget," Thwaites said.

"We are recognising that so many trained teachers in the early childhood sector are paid far too low, and far too little, and there will be some improvement this year."

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