DPM: Only 3% of kindergarten teachers qualified

Published: Wednesday October 31, 2012 MYT 11:33:00 AM
Updated: Wednesday October 31, 2012 MYT 11:41:28 AM
http://thestar.com.my/news/story.asp?file=/2012/10/31/nation/20121031112952&sec=nation
By KAREN CHAPMAN

KUALA LUMPUR: Only 3% of private pre-school teachers have formal qualifications in early childhood education.

Deputy Prime Minister Tan Sri Muhyiddin Yassin said rest only had workplace training or unaccredited qualifications.

“In this regard, I urge the teachers to take up at least a diploma in Early Childhood Education.

“The ministry has also taken the initiative to provide a free 3-week course for private pre-school teachers,” he said in his speech before launching the National Early Childhood Care and Education Week 2012.

Muhyiddin, who is Education Minister, added that the ministry was considering a proposal to make special needs education courses compulsory for all preschool teachers.

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