Lack of diverse pre-school mother tongue options: An issue of supply, demand and cultural heritage

A class at MOE Kindergarten@Horizon in January. All 36 kindergartens under the Ministry of Education offer all three mother tongues.
A class at MOE Kindergarten@Horizon in January. All 36 kindergartens under the Ministry of Education offer all three mother tongues.ST PHOTO: LIM YAOHUI

SINGAPORE - When Mr Raj started looking at pre-schools for his 13-month-old twins, he was hopeful they would have the chance to learn Tamil, which is spoken by his family.

But the closest centre offering the mother tongue language was too far away, and did not have vacancies. So the public servant and his wife settled for a nearby school that offered Chinese as the lone mother tongue option.

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