Early education a must says SEC
In a move to prepare children for primary education in schools, the Supreme Education Council (SEC) plans to make kindergarten education compulsory for all children.
Currently it’s only the primary education that begins from age five which is mandatory for all children. With the new plan, admission will now begin for children from age three, according to a report in The Peninsula.
The first kindergartens in the country were established as part of the Independent school system during the 2008-2009 academic year. To date there are 58 kindergartens associated with Independent schools and 10 more have been planned in the next academic year, which begins in September. The existing kindergartens accommodate 150 to 300 children and offer courses in three subjects — science, arts and language. Since the KG system lays special emphasis on outdoor activities, all kindergartens are required to have a playground in addition to activity rooms both for indoor and outdoor.
In a press statement, SEC said: “Early education is based on the concept of learning through play. Psychologists have found that this is highly important for the development of children, especially their language skills. Once they become fluent in their first language, it will be easy for them to learn other languages.”