Pre-school education

Improvements to early childhood education sector ramped up

MOE kindergartens such as this in Punggol raise the quality of early childhood practices and offer affordable pre-school education.
MOE kindergartens such as this in Punggol raise the quality of early childhood practices and offer affordable pre-school education.LIANHE ZAOBAO FILE PHOTO

A better pre-school education, a fight against diabetes and a drive to be a Smart Nation were highlighted by Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong at his National Day Rally last year as efforts that could benefit Singapore in the long run. A year on, The Straits Times looks at progress and challenges in these areas.

Childcare featured prominently at last year's National Day Rally speech. In it, Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong pledged that the Government would provide more childcare places, and more quality kindergartens, and produce better-trained pre-school teachers with the setting up of a new national institute for the profession.

He said that about 40,000 childcare places will be added by 2022, and the Ministry of Education (MOE) will run 50 kindergartens by 2023. This scaling up would give the ministry the ability to exercise greater influence over the kindergarten sector and raise standards.

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A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on August 18, 2018, with the headline 'Improvements to early childhood education sector ramped up'. Print Edition | Subscribe