Beware of unregulated centres, parents told

Liow (right) presenting an award to one of the children at the event.

PASIR GUDANG: A number of kindergartens and nurseries in the state remain unregistered and parents are advised to check and avoid sending their children to such centres.

State tourism, women development, family and community committee chairman Liow Cai Tung said parents must be diligent in checking on these centres.

“In Johor, 80% of kindergartens and nurseries are not registered with the Social Welfare Department (JKM).

“Sending your child to such a place has some risks as they are not regulated by the government, ” she said at an appreciation event for kindergartens and nurseries under Kemas in the Pasir Gudang area in Dewan Muafakat.

Liow hoped the electricity rebate announced in Budget 2020 would encourage more of such centres to register.

“Registered centres will receive a 20% rebate on their electricity bill. I hope they will take advantage of this, ” she added.

At the event, 782 children from 64 kindergartens who “graduated” from their respective kindergartens received awards from Kemas.

Kemas Johor assistant director Mustafa Mohd Noor said the STREAM learning module which was implemented as a pilot programme at a Kemas kindergarten in Melaka will spark interest in learning in children.

“There will be an upgrade in the quality of education with the implementation of the STREAM module in all Kemas kindergartens by next year.

“STREAM, which stands for Science, Technology, Religion, Engineering, Arts and Mathematics, will instil a love for learning in the children, ” he said. In Johor Baru alone, Kemas kindergartens have 1,608 children.

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