KUALA LUMPUR: Universiti Tunku Abdul Rahman (Utar) should offer a Bachelors degree in pre-school teaching to allow those with an advanced diploma in that field to further their education locally.
Utar chairman Datuk Seri Dr Ling Liong Sik said the university should build up the programme since the country had diploma holders such
as those from the Centre of Early Childhood Education (CECE) Institute.
“I understand that they proceed to do their Bachelors degree in Western Australia, Britain, the United States, China and Taiwan,” he said in his speech at the institutes’ ninth graduation ceremony at Corus Hotel here.
A total of 267 pre-school teachers received their certificates at the graduation yesterday.
“I hope to see our own Utar developing similar courses in pre-school studies for its Bachelor of Arts degree programme,” he said, adding that such programmes would open up opportunities for diploma holders of the institute who wished to further their studies locally.
“Utar fees are affordable and the costs of studies are certainly lower compared with education abroad,” he added.
Dr Ling also called on graduates to consider setting up their own kindergartens and childcare centres as there was a great shortage of such centres, particularly in smaller towns and rural areas.
“It will help redress the imbalance in pre-school educational facilities. Otherwise those in smaller towns and rural areas will continue to be disadvantaged compared to those in the urban areas which have adequate and well-equipped pre-school centres.
“By doing so, you will be assisting in the mission of expanding education at all levels and to all regions,” he said, adding that they could also apply for loans from the Government to set up such centres.
Also present at the graduation were Wanita MCA chairman Datuk Dr Ng Yen Yen, CECE’s board of governors chairman Datuk Teng Gaik Kwan and board of directors chairman Datuk Leong Tang Chong.