PUTRAJAYA (January 14): Around 11,000 preschool teachers (Tabika) from the Department of Community Development (Kemas) will upgrade from graduate to bachelor status, Rural Development Minister Datuk Seri Mahdzir Khalid has said.
He said the upgrade, which would boost Kemas pre-school education, would be done in stages and coordinated by the Ministry of Rural Development (KPLB) in terms of funding and staffing.
“Currently, the Kemas kindergarten curriculum and the Ministry of Education are the same, there are Kemas teachers who only have a diploma. Therefore, we want to increase the qualification of the teaching staff from degree to degree.
“We won’t fire existing teachers…they can get a bachelor’s degree,” he told a news conference after delivering his New Year’s term here today.
On November 5, Mahdzir said that new educator positions under Kemas in the future will be required to have a bachelor’s degree in early childhood education. – Bernama