By Mwenya Mofya
The National Action for Quality Education in Zambia-NAQEZ has called on the government to establish more early childhood education centres in primary schools.
Speaking in an interview with 5fm news, NAQEZ Executive Director Aaron Chansa is of the view that the low number of early childhood education centres across the country which hinder the enrolment of pre-primary learners has the potential to compromise their performance once they are in upper grades.
Chansa says it is incumbent upon the government to invest in primary school facilities if the country is to produce quality learners.
He adds that employing more primary school teachers will contribute to enhancing quality education at the early childhood level.
United Nations International Children’s Emergency Fund(UNICEF) has reported that around 73.9 percent of grade 1 entrants started school without any pre-school experience in 2017 while 175 million children of pre-primary age are not enrolled.