The government yesterday took another step to expand access to preschool education through the “Private Preschool Partnership,” a program designed to place children in the public school system in approved private preschools for their pre-primary education.
At the event, New Providence-based private schools signed agreements with the Ministry of Education to participate in the initiative.
Under the agreement, participating private schools will accept students who cannot be accommodated in government preschools.
“I am deeply grateful and impressed with where we have come with this most important initiative, and that is to enable the education, the training and the conditioning of the most precious of our human beings, and that is our babies,” Minister of Education Jeffrey Lloyd said yesterday during a press conference at the Ministry of Education.
Lloyd said that a large percentage of students entering the primary school system have not been adequately prepared.
“We now know today that 40 percent or more of those entering grade one are not ready,” he said.
“If they’re not ready for grade one, they probably won’t be ready for grade three, grade seven, grade nine, or life after school, certainly in university.
“So it is critical that we establish the foundation and we establish it properly.”
Speaking again to the schools, he said, “I’m grateful that you have agreed to partner with the minister of education in pursuing and advancing this critical development in our country’s history.
“It is absolutely critical, and I am very, very proud of you.”
He added, “We are on a trend to modernize the educational system, and we have to do it, because the world is moving at a rapid pace.”