Cabinet has approved the development of an integrated National Nutrition Plan for South Africa which holistically addresses nutrition for children under five. The plan will holistically address nutrition, including the pre-conception period, the first 1000 days of life, of Early Childhood Development (ECD) and Grade R.

Speaking during a post Cabinet briefing on Friday, Minister for Performance, Monitoring and Evaluation in the Presidency, Jeff Radebe, said that Cabinet was briefed on the outcomes of a diagnostic evaluation of ECD. He said detailed evaluations were undertaken for Grade R and nutrition interventions for children under five.

“The improvement plan from evaluation on ‘The impact of the Introduction of Grade R on Learning Outcomes’ emphasises improving the quality of Grade R to maximise its impact on poor children and in poorly performing provinces. “This includes the training and development of Grade R teachers and consideration for the appointment of individuals in possession of the relevant higher certificate qualification (NQF level 5) for this purpose,” said Minister Radebe.

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