The Impact of the Early Childhood Development (ECD) Program: a Case study of Gomadoda Cluster in Nkayi District | Tshabalala | Nova Journal of Humanities and Social Sciences

The Impact of the Early Childhood Development (ECD) Program: a Case study of Gomadoda Cluster in Nkayi District

Thembinkosi Tshabalala, Tichaona Mapolisa

Abstract


This article draws on a quantitative enquiry on the impact of the ECD programmed in Zimbabwean primary schools.  The study adopted the descriptive survey design.  The target population included all heads and infant teachers in Gomadoda cluster which has an infant teacher population of 70 teachers and heads.  The sample consisted of 30 respondents who were made up of 25 females and 5 males.  All information was collected through a questionnaire which had both close-ended and open-ended questions.  Descriptive statistical analysis was used to interpret the data.  The study revealed that all the schools did not have ECD trained teachers.  It also revealed that all of the schools did not have play centers.  The study also revealed that both teachers and heads viewed the policy on early childhood development programmers positively but were worried by the weak implementation structures.  The study recommends that procurement of ECD materials and provision of qualified personnel should be prioritized.

Key words: Early Childhood Development (ECD), primary schools, cluster, pre-school, basic education

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