GOVT TO REVIEW PRESCHOOL SYSTEM
Ministry wants to ensure Year One pupils are competent and literate, says Mahdzir
THE Education Ministry will review the early childhood education system to increase and improve the quality of preschool students.
Minister Datuk Seri Mahdzir Khalid said the ministry would discuss with various stakeholders, including early childhood experts, to improvise and evaluate the system, which was last reviewed in 2015.
“The review is important to ensure pupils entering Year One are competent and are able to read.
“Therefore, we have to make sure teachers teaching these pupils have knowledge in early childhood education,” he said after visiting SK Presint 8 (1) preschool here yesterday.
Mahdzir said the ministry would look into the possibility of increasing the number of preschool classes, which is currently limited to children whose parents have a monthly household income of less than RM5,000.
The review was part of the education transformation under the National Education Blueprint Second Wave from last year to 2020.
The ministry has been making surprise visits to schools offering preschool education in rural and urban areas.
Mahdzir said the visits were to monitor teachers’ delivery methods and learning schedule, as well as school facilities.
“We are working hard to ensure that rural and urban schools enjoy the same level of quality facilities.”
He said there were 6,044 preschools under the purview of the ministry teaching more than 200,000 children.
In another development, Mahdzir said work to establish 50 preschools in Tamil schools was expected to be completed by next year.
“As announced by Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Razak in the 2017 Budget last October, the ministry is working hard to introduce preschool education in Tamil schools next year.”
Education Minister Datuk Seri Mahdzir Khalid interacting with preschool pupils at SK Presint 8 in Putrajaya yesterday.