SIBU: A pioneer group, comprising 25 Kemas kindergarten teachers who successfully obtained diplomas, will begin teaching in Sarawak next year.
State Kemas director Abang Rabaee Abg Muhi said the second group comprised 220 teachers.
“It includes 50 directly-recruited Kemas staff, who are now full-time students at teacher-training colleges.
“The rest will attend the training during the school holidays,” he told reporters after witnessing the graduation of 80 kindergarten teachers in Pelawan constituency here.
Abang Rabaee said the Government’s intention was to upgrade kindergartens in the outskirts of towns and in rural areas by having qualified teachers.
He said this would put the kindergartens on par with those found in cities and larger towns.
Abang Rabaee said there were only about 700 Kemas kindergartens in the state, although there were more than 5,000 rural villages and longhouses.
“The Government will endeavour to introduce more as time goes by,” he said, adding that kindergartens were important for school-going children to have a strong foundation.
Meanwhile, he urged Kemas teachers to take all precautions recommended by the Health Department against the Hand, Foot and Mouth Disease (HFMD).
The department is expecting a major outbreak of HFMD by next year based on its three-year cycle in the state. — Bernama