15 Feb 2017

Samoa moves toward compulsory ECE

From , 4:01 pm on 15 February 2017

Samoa's Ministry for Education is planning to make early childhood education, or ECE, compulsory saying that it will be of both academic and social benefit.

That follows a nation-wide survey last year that found only 30 percent of children from three to five years of age are enrolled in ECE.

The ministry plans to increase that figure to over 50 percent in the next 10 years by gradually introducing compulsory ECE.

The chief executive of the Ministry of Education, Sports and Culture,  Karoline Afamasaga Fuata'i, told Amelia Langford that the benefits will be far-ranging.

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