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Quality pre-school 'helps kids level up': Stanford professor

S'pore's good showing in international test bears this out, says US education professor

Published on Jun 16, 2013 8:06 AM
Prof Darling-Hammond welcomed the push to raise the quality of pre-school education and make it more accessible to low-income earners. -- ST PHOTO: LIM SIN THAI

Amid the government push for quality pre-school education, a visiting Stanford University professor has highlighted an international test showing the importance of this early-stage learning for Singapore students.

The test of 15-year-olds from 65 countries and economies showed Singapore students excelling in mathematics, science and reading, and, importantly, that those who attended pre-school did better than those who did not.

Renowned education professor Linda Darling-Hammond, 62, said, in citing the research in an interview with The Sunday Times: "(It) shows quite clearly that quality early childhood education can make a huge difference to children from disadvantaged backgrounds."

The one-time education adviser to US President Barack Obama was in Singapore earlier this month to deliver the CJ Koh Professorial Lecture organised by the National Institute of Education (NIE).

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