New statutory board to oversee pre-school education

The Government will be playing a more active role in pre-school education, but it won't go so far as to nationalise the sector, said Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong during his National Day Rally speech.

He said this while announcing the setting up of a new statutory board that will oversee the pre-school education sector.

He also announced a number of other measures including starting a few Government-run pre-school centres to test new kindergarten education concepts, upgrading training for teachers, giving more support to low- and middle-income families and opening up the pre-school sector to more anchor operators. This is to complement the PAP Community Foundation and the National Trades Union Congress kindergartens.

And though there have been calls from some quarters of late for the sector to be nationalised, PM Lee said that the Government wanted to give parents choice.