Thousands of workers in some 3,600 Government-run or -supported institutions will receive a 15% increase in monthly salary effective April 1, 2019.
The Ministry of Education says some $550 million has been allocated to support the new Brain Builders programme, in keeping with the Ministry’s mandate of providing support for early stimulation, as well as supporting the direction of the Early Childhood Commission.
In addition, the Ministry of Education, Youth and Information has allocated $42 million in the 2019-2020 budget, to cover the cost of 12,000 early childhood teachers and practitioners in public educational institutions to obtain food handlers permits and annual police records.
The records are part of the requirements of people employed in early childhood institutions to protect children from contagious diseases and ensure their health as well as their security.
Education Youth and Information Minister, Senator Ruel noted that the directive is in keeping with the Government’s thrust to improve the sector.
The Ministry will continue its thrust to make a solid investment in the early childhood sector which will in turn ensure greater access for students to Government supported programmes and build a strong foundation for their early years.