Preschools give stu­dents stronger foun­da­tion – CM

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KUCH­ING: Sarawak will pro­vide a stronger foun­da­tion for its younger gen­er­a­tion by of­fer­ing bet­ter pre-school ed­u­ca­tion, says Chief Min­is­ter Datuk Pat­inggi Abang Jo­hari Tun Openg.

He said as of now there is a big gap in the qual­ity of pre-school ed­u­ca­tion as it dif­fers from one kinder­garten to an­other.

“The ba­sic foun­da­tion of ed­u­ca­tion is through preschool ed­u­ca­tion; we have kinder­gartens of­fered by pri­vate and pub­lic sec­tors but in ru­ral ar­eas, it (preschool ed­u­ca­tion) is de­pen­dent on Com­mu­nity De­vel­op­ment De­part­ment (Ke­mas). I see that chil­dren who at­tend pri­vate pre-schools are very good in terms of lan­guages, and they un­der­stand what they are taught,” Abang Jo­hari said at the pre­sen­ta­tion of 26th Chief Min­is­ter’s Spe­cial Award at the State Leg­isla­tive Assem­bly last Fri­day evening.

“If this hap­pens, there will be a gap be­tween the rich and the poor be­cause the rich can af­ford to send their chil­dren to pri­vate preschools. I want to make a change be­cause pre-school ed­u­ca­tion is not sub­ject to the na­tional curicu­lum,” he said.

Touch­ing on Ke­mas kinder­gartens, he said they need to be prop­erly equipped to im­prove the stan­dard and qual­ity of ed­u­ca­tion.

Thus, he rasked Min­is­ter of Wel­fare, Com­mu­nity Well­be­ing, Women, Fam­ily and Child­hood De­vel­op­ment Dato Sri Fa­timah Ab­dul­lah to list out fi­nan­cial in­sti­tu­tions to fund this, with maybe be­tween RM20 mil­lion and RM30 mil­lion.

Sim­i­larly, he said that fol­low­ing the visit of Min­is­ter of Eco­nomic Af­fairs Datuk Seri Azmin Ali here re­cently, he had dis­cussed with the min­is­ter that ed­u­ca­tion is not pol­i­tics but about the fu­ture of the chil­dren of Sarawak, and hoped to an­nounce a good news later.

Dur­ing the cer­e­mony, awards amount­ing to RM93,000 were pre­sented to 19 re­cip­i­ents from both pri­mary and sec­ondary schools through­out Sarawak.

Abang Jo­hari’s wife Datin Amar Datuk Juma’ani Tun Tuanku Bu­jang, State Leg­isla­tive Assem­bly Speaker Datuk Amar Mo­hamad As­fia Awang Nas­sar, Min­is­ter of In­ter­na­tional Trade and E-Com­merce and Sec­ond Fi­nance Min­is­ter Dato Sri Wong Soon Koh, Min­is­ter of Lo­cal Gov­ern­ment and Hous­ing Datuk Dr Sim Kui Hian and Yayasan Sarawak di­rec­tor Azmi Bu­jang were also present at the func­tion.

The ba­sic foun­da­tion of ed­u­ca­tion is through pre-school ed­u­ca­tion; we have kinder­gartens of­fered by pri­vate and pub­lic sec­tors but in ru­ral ar­eas, it (preschool ed­u­ca­tion) is de­pen­dent on Com­mu­nity De­vel­op­ment De­part­ment (Ke­mas). I see that chil­dren who at­tend pri­vate preschools are very good in terms of lan­guages, and they un­der­stand what they are taught. — Datuk Pat­inggi Abang Jo­hari Tun Openg, Chief Min­is­ter

Dr An­nuar (fac­ing the crowd, sec­ond left) briefs the vil­lagers.

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