‘Enroll children into school at 6’

Written by  Grant Mhango

The 2017/2018 academic year rolled out this week. The Ministry of Education, Science and Technology has spoken tough on private as well as public schools who enroll children under the age of six into Standard One.

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Minister responsible Bright Msaka, warned that stiffer penalties will follow those paying a blind eye to the set education standards.

“We want uniformity in discharging the set academic calendar so everyone should follow suit.

“We already have measures in place to help in ensuring total compliance by everyone in the system,” he said.

Commenting on the matter a long-time teacher and Principal of the University of Livingstonia’s Ekwendeni Campus Rev. Howard Matiya Nkhoma said: “A child’s brain develops in stages and the recommended age is six years and enrolling a child under the age of six would negatively affect the child’s cognitive development.”

Government has set six as the standard age for enrolling children into primary school but some parents aided by some private and government school authorities continue to flout the recommendation.

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