Living with Dyslexia in Malaysia

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


October 24, 2007 - Posted by | Persatuan Dyslexia


  1. Greetings from SEGi College.

    Here is an exciting event for anyone interested in the early years. We are organising a National Early Childhood Conference for 16 and 17 August, and our key presenter is world renown early childhood educationist, Dr Lillian Katz.

    Do visit our website at for details. Click on the event highlights when you see the Conference brochure. If you would like a copy of the brochure emailed to you, do let me know. It is however a 3MB file.

    I hope that you and your friends will be able to join us for this event so that we can all work together to decide how we can best nurture thinking learners in the early years.

    With best wishes,

    Carolyn Choo

    Head, Department of Early Childhood Education

    Faculty of Education, Social and Health Sciences

    SEGi College Subang Jaya

    Persiaran Kewajipan USJ1, 47600 UEP Subang Jaya

    tel no: 03-86053867 / 013-3508598

    The training of the teacher who is to help life is something far more than the learning of ideas. It includes the training of character; it is a preparation of the spirit. (Montessori)

    Comment by Carolyn Choo | July 28, 2008 | Reply

  2. Dear Sir/ Madam,

    I am keen to be kindergarten teacher. Kindly provides me the institution that provide training and
    where the successful trainees will be certified with the certificate in early childhood education approved by Malaysian Ministry of Higher Education and National Accreditation Board (LAN).

    It is a great virtue for providing me the related information. Hope for an early reply.
    Thank you very much.

    With regards,
    J’s Lee

    Comment by J's Lee | November 12, 2008 | Reply

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