Ningo Prampam Constituency lawmaker, Sam Nartey George has blamed the poor output of kindergarten pre-schools on the problem of inadequate equipment and lack of quality training for caregivers.
The Member of Parliament on the ticket of the NDC made these comments following the call to strengthen the country’s pre-school system of education on the backdrop of a story that alleged a two-month-old baby has died under the supervision of a caregiver a few weeks ago.
Making his point on Metro TV’s Good Morning Ghana on Tuesday, June 22, Sam George said “We need to look at the standards; of the facilities, the quality and training of the caregivers” noting that “In many of these crèches and kindergartens that are coming up, we need to look at the quality of caregivers in these facilities because many times, the recruitment of these people are just the normal house-help or nannies who are glorified.”
Sam George noted that these supposed caregivers are saddled with frail responsibilities not well-equipped to deliver their work with professionalism.
“Pretty much who are put in these institutions, just take care of the kids, change their diapers. You see as a country even our focus of successive governments and concentration has been on making FCUBE which is a constitutional requirement work and making now secondary education free. The next thing we will be doing is tertiary. We forget that the foundation of education is the kindergarten level.” he emphasized.
The legislator explained that the pre-school builds a solid foundation for kids and that determines the height of success they get in life.
“And the kind of quality that the kids get at that level determines whatever they must be able to become up the ladder. I’m not saying that anyone that gets a solid foundation at Montessori or kindergarten becomes an excellent student. But a large portion because the foundation is key,” he added.
Sam George noted that he made investments into pre-school a priority when he came to terms with the difficulties in the sector indicating “And it takes a lot of efforts for students who don’t have that foundation to actually be able to excel. So my biggest intervention so far in education in my constituency has been at the kindergarten level where I am changing the furniture for the kids,” the lawmaker said.