Tea and Talk at Persatuan Tadika Malaysia
Saturday 11 August 2007 (9am – 12pm)
This talk is to discuss the implementation of the National Preschool Curriculum (NPC)
There were 30 Pre-school Operators and teachers who attended this talk.
The Chairman, Ms Jaya Perera welcomed everyone to the talk and hoped that participants would contribute their views on improving the NPC which would benefit the preschoolers.
Ms Jaya introduced the Persatuan’s Advisor Dr Ling Chew Poh who was allowed to give a 2 minute opening speech. Ms Jaya then introduced the Facilitator, Dr Ng Soo Boon (Head of Preschool Unit, Curriculum Development Centre, Putrajaya).
Dr Ng is here to collect data on the NPC. Dr Ng explained the policies at the Ministry and also the Education for All (EFA) signed with UNESCO and UNICEF. The Ministry is looking into the current policy. As per their survey, statistics shows only 57% of preschoolers, age 4-6 years old attend school in Malaysia, whereby Indonesia showed a higher percentage. This does not bode well for our country. Most probably there are many Tadikas that are not registered, hence not covered under the survey.
As per my question of Dyslexia being implemented into the curriculum, Dr Ng mentioned that this area is lacking but stated that this is being looked into by a different department.
Various points were raised and discussed by the Pre-school operators with Dr Ng .
Dr Ling was called upon to sum up before tea break. Dr Ling brought us back to the 1970s on the history of how this NPC book came about. During those days, the key word was Play for pre-school or just Activities. Then it was changed to ‘communication- based’. Then the integrated approach. Now it has come back to Activities.
Dr Ling felt that the child today has lost the sense of play. He suggested that a Project Approach be taken whereby webbing/theme approach be taken. All these should be associated with Activities .
Dr Ling also mentioned that children who are ahead be allowed to go ahead(gifted) instead of just following the Average/Standard Approach. Same goes for those who are slower.
This is where I interjected that this is not allowed in the current system as children are gauged and assessed according to their biological age. Dr Ng explained that there are many programmes started for the GIFTED, also for SLOW learners etc…. It is just the implementation stage that needs to be boosted up.
After tea break, the operators were asked to fill in the questionnaire prepared by Dr Ng for improving the NPC.
Report by Cho Suet Sen
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