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Quality of pre-school education can be improved

More can be done to lift the quality of pre-school education in Singapore, said Deputy Prime Minister Tharman Shanmugaratnam.

Quality of pre-school education can be improved

Deputy Prime Minister Tharman Shanmugaratnam at the official opening of a new My First Skool Campus in Taman Jurong.

SINGAPORE: More can be done to lift the quality of pre-school education in Singapore, said Deputy Prime Minister Tharman Shanmugaratnam.

He said this at the official opening of a new My First Skool Campus in Taman Jurong on Friday.

Mr Tharman is also the Member of Parliament for the area.

He was responding to questions by the media about the recent global survey on early childhood education.

Singapore ranked 29 out of 45 developed and emerging countries.

Mr Tharman also said there's more to be done to give everyone an equal chance early in life regardless of background.

He added that the government is working on this and will announce details soon.

"Teachers are critical, most critical. Ensuring that regardless of what home background you're from, when you come into school you're an equal, and your teachers take great interest in you.

"Particularly if you come from a disadvantaged background, the teachers take a greater interest in you and help you to catch up," he shared.

The newly opened My First Skool at Yung An Road provides a unique language and arts programme for children.

And Mr Tharman said the school is an experiment to do the most possible for especially less advantaged children.

Children will be taught through drama, video and other innovative methods.

It's also the first in its brand of pre-schools to be built on a standalone building, which was previously a disused JTC commercial building.

It currently has 123 children enrolled in its programme.

And there are already 200 people on its waiting list.

Source: CNA/ck

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