Western Cape Reaches Goal of Universal Access to Grade R
The Western Cape Education Department has already met its objective of universal access to Grade R by 2014.
According to White Paper 5, the requirements of national policy on early childhood development will be satisfied that we have achieved universal access when at least 80% of public primary schools offer Grade R, with independent pre-schools largely catering for the balance.
The WCED has already surpassed this target.
Currently, a total of 1 288 schools offer Grade R in the Western Cape. These include 932 public schools and 356 private pre-schools.
The figures suggest that about 88% of public primary schools now offer Grade R in the province.
While we have reached the national target of universal access to Grade R, the WCED will continue to expand access to Grade R in public schools across the province this year.