Chipinge district has embarked on training of early childhood development (ECD) para-professionals to cater for the acute shortage of qualified ECD teachers standing at over 740 in the district.

As part of promoting ECD education in Chipinge district, a programme to train para-professionals was launched to capacitate all non-professional ECD teachers who are not employed by government to effectively give a solid foundation to learners.

Guest of honour at the graduation of 60 ECD para-professionals at Gideon Mhlanga High in Chipinge, Deputy Provincial Education Director Manicaland province Mrs Clara Kanoerera says it is now a must for learners to complete ECD education in line with the new curriculum.

She says it is both a responsibility of parents and schools in rural areas to enforce the educational system requirement in order for learners in remote areas to be on an equal footing with their counterparts in towns and cities.

Chipinge district schools inspector Richard Gabaza added that the training of ECD para-professional teachers is being done to cater for the acute shortage of qualified ECD teachers in the district.

The introduction of ECD A and ECD B at primary school level mean a student now has to complete nine years doing primary education as part of efforts to offer a solid foundation base for children as they go through their educational highway.