GOVT TO RE­VIEW PRESCHOOL SYS­TEM

Min­istry wants to en­sure Year One pupils are com­pe­tent and lit­er­ate, says Mahdzir

New Straits Times - - News - HASHINI KAVISHTRI KANNAN PUTRAJAYA hashini@nst.com.my

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.”

PIC BY SAMADI AH­MAD

Education Min­is­ter Datuk Seri Mahdzir Khalid in­ter­act­ing with preschool pupils at SK Presint 8 in Putrajaya yes­ter­day.

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