SINGAPORE: Senior Minister of State for Education, Lawrence Wong on Wednesday warned against rigid standardisation of pre—school education.
Speaking on the sidelines of a heritage event at the Singapore Art Museum, Mr Wong also said the education ministry has put in place guidelines on content for all pre—school operators.
Mr Wong said: "Pre—school should not be formalising academic learning at an early age. In fact many studies around the world have shown that there is a risk of prematurely formalising learning in pre—schools. And it might lead to negative outcomes for the children."
Mr Wong also urged parents to opt for a fun, play—based pre—school environment for their children.
He said: "We have curriculum guidelines which we have put to parents. We are updating the curriculum guidelines now and we’re doing that in consultation with both pre—school operators and parents. As we put these guidelines out, hopefully this will help parents be more discerning when they choose which operators they’d like to go to."
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everything must officialise start at primary school.. Pls do take care for those poorer family that cant send their children for pre-school or early childhood education. If it is a must, goverment have to start paying the fee at pre-school level.
If those "Kiasu" parent would not want their children to lost out. Then they should fork out their money to send to their prefer pre school. Children now are so stress, Saturday english class, sunday music class, swimming class, dancing class, chinese class, drawing class.. So many thing to learn in one week. In the end wrong value created.
What will happen to future their children. Should their primary education should start at 8am and end at 6pm?
Seen it had proven so many scholar or high educated pple had not have their moral charactor in it. what for do so much.. reach the minimum or average requirement should b enuff..
In fact MOE should work something out that stop school that request their student to buy note book or Ipad for education purpose.. Understanding interactive education is something new and could bring down the work load or paper work for teacher n focus on value add teaching. Since this is working, why not during PSLE or exam use e-learning for all student and dun use paper writing..
So guideline will make pple creative bt yet become indirectly lazy. More to look back that not all parent can afford and could lead to potential social issue.
Simple chinese langauge had been change n change and had been veri simple.. why till now still change or in fact introduce new langauage. Where is our directs? next generation once gone mean our culture had gone. future pple will only know my ancestor is from Singapore not from China, India or Indonesia or etc..
If MOE want to impose pre-schooling, why not impose a better value added moral education..
Let us park aside the affordability issue. What the government should focus on is the pay of the pre-school educator. This is always a subject that is been brush aside and not address.
If you want good educators to stay in this field, the governemnt should subsidize part of the salary of the teachers (ie inclusive of the private sector) and not let parents take the full load of the cost factor.
What is the use of warning rigid standardazation of pre-school and not look into the above subject which the government is avoiding?
Thank you for reading.
While the Minister emphasis on Fun/Play in child-growth, parents are feeling the pressure of the incontrolled rising fees & informal pre-school education syllabus, making them feel insecurity for their children.
Let,s face it the problem is there. The Ministry perhaps may work out guidelines of pre-school syllabus and fee charging system so as to guide the proper progress of our pre-school system. Isn't pre-school system the "Root" and starting point of our Education system?
Let the little ones enjoy learning so as to stimulate their interest to quest for knowledge. The government should put in place a program to identify and enable the children to develop their potentials to the fullest.