ECD mandate

Colleen Daniels-Horswell, The Covid-19 People’s Coalition

This is an open letter to Education Minister Angie Motshekga.

Whilst early childhood development (ECD) falls under the Department of Social Development, why is the Department of Basic Education (DBE) making announcements regarding the opening of ECD sites?

This has caused uncertainty and fear in the ECD sector.

Can the minister clarify why she singles out schools who offer Grade R and ECD
sites, while those operating Grade R cannot open simultaneously?

The migration of ECD to DBE has not been finalised. Why is DBE making these announcements around ECD which clearly is not their mandate for children, aged between 0 and 4?