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Hokkien clan body to open pre-school next year

School in the east to open in Jan; 80% of lessons in Mandarin from nursery to K1

Published on Sep 22, 2013 8:20 AM
The Hokkien Huay Kuan - Singapore's largest clan association - is setting up a pre-school from next year. -- ST PHOTO: CHEW SENG KIM

One of Singapore's largest clan associations is setting up a pre-school with an emphasis on Chinese education, to tap rising interest in bilingualism in early childhood education.

The Singapore Hokkien Huay Kuan, known for its links to the popular Ai Tong and Tao Nan primary schools, will open the pre-school in Upper East Coast Road, at the site of the former Chai Chee Secondary School, next January.

It is the first clan association here to set up a pre-school in recent years. Previously, the Singapore Federation of Chinese Clan Associations ran a kindergarten in Toa Payoh but it closed in 2010 because of dwindling enrolment.

The new pre-school will target English-speaking parents who want to give their children "a head start in building a strong foundation in character building and instilling a keen interest in Chinese language and culture", said the clan association's president, Mr Chua Thian Poh.

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Background story

Price of quality

"We know it is not cheap, but it is also not among the most expensive."

MR PERNG PECK SENG, vice-president of the Singapore Hokkien Huay Kuan, on the $1,800 monthly fee for its full-day childcare programme for nursery and kindergarten levels