‘100 Per Cent Access To Early Childhood Education By 2020’

SAMARAHAN: Access to early childhood education in Sarawak is set to reach 100 per cent by 2020.

Minister of Welfare, Community Well Being, Women, Family and Childhood Development Datuk Seri Fatimah Abdullah said currently, 97.5 per cent of children in Year 1 underwent preschool education prior to entering primary school.

Our vision to provide access to early childhood education to all is showing signs of success, and awareness among parents is significantly showing improvement, she said during a visit to the Community Development Department (Kemas) Taska Permata at Kampung Sri Tajo, Asajaya yesterday.

Fatimah said the government’s aim to provide 100 per cent access to early childhood education by 2020 can be achieved and is nearing its target.

On a related matter, the minister stressed that the quality of early childhood education is another important factor that needs to be looked into, as it will provide the necessary impact.

Access needs to be complemented with the right quality, and these traits are the pillars toward producing a quality child who is ready to enter primary school.

The government continuously looks into how we can develop preschool teachers and their teaching materials and methods to ensure that we can churn out the best to shape the child, she said.

The government, added Fatimah, will continue to empower preschool training centres for teachers, and its learning module will be improved constantly to ensure it gives the best results. During her visit, she presented the Quality Preschool Benchmark Award 2017 for government preschool to staff of Taska Permata Kampung Sri Tajo.

Kota Samarahan MP Rubiah Wang and Kemas state director Mohd Zamri Mustajab were among those present.

Source: The Borneo Post