TANGKAK: Parents in rural areas have been urged to send their young children to kindergartens operated by the Community Development Department (Kemas) to expose them to early education.
Mentri Besar Datuk Abdul Ghani Othman said learning at the young age of between three and five would cultivate the learning habit among the children.
“An international study has shown that early exposure to learning will instil a strong urge in children to seek knowledge in their lives.
“This is the reason the Education Ministry introduced pre-school programmes for young children about three years ago,” he said before closing the Ledang Kemas mini-convocation here yesterday.
He said early education would also help reduce school dropouts.
Abdul Ghani, who was accompanied by Ledang MP Hamim Samuri on his visit, said it was important for parents to ensure that their children went to kindergartens or pre-school classes.
Earlier, Johor Kemas deputy director Taufik Mohd Yusof said the department had set up 1,158 kindergartens in the state with 1,620 teachers, of whom 190 were diploma holders.
“Besides giving basic learning and education to young children, we are looking at improving our content,” he said, promising more kindergartens in the future.
SOURCE: THE STAR, NOV 19, 2011