thestar.news:Monday February 23, 2009
Its chief Datin Paduka Chew Mei Fun said the wing would gather feedback from pre-school operators to find out their problems.
Currently, she said the licence fees charged by local councils nationwide varied from place to place. She urged the councils to reserve land for the setting up of pre-schools in residential areas.
"We will be looking at government policies, regulations and other aspects to help operators create a conducive environment for the setting up of more community-based pre-schools," she said at a press conference at Institute CECE here on Saturday. The institute is a pioneer, non-profit educational organisation that specialises in pre-school teacher's education.
Also present at the function were CECE board of directors' chairman Datuk Leong Tang Chong and its board of governors' chairman Tan Sri Wong See Wah.
Leong said the two courses conducted by the institute – the Certificate in Pre-school Education and Diploma in Early Childhood Education – had been approved by the Malaysian Qualifications Agency and were recognised by the Higher Education Ministry.
Wong also announced the launching of full-time courses. The next intake will be in April.
Previously, these two courses were held during school holidays and on weekends as the majority of those in the programme were kindergarten teachers and childcare educationists.
Wong said trainees who needed financial aid could apply to the Chang Ming Thien Foundation for an interest-free study loan. Those taking up the diploma course can also apply for a National Higher Education Fund loan.
The institute was set up by former Wanita MCA chief Datuk Teng Gaik Kwan and Dr Frances Lee, who is now the institute's head. Since 1976, 5,000 pre-school educationists have graduated from the programmes, with about 500 childcare centres set up nationwide.
中国报 国内新闻 2009年2月22日