THE smelly and brittle playdough supplied to six schools will no longer to be used.
The Treasury said the Education Ministry had issued an order to stop the use of these playdough, which was highlighted in the Auditor-General’s report.
The ministry had also verbally contacted State Education Departments requesting them to withdraw unsuitable equipment from being used as learning tools and replace them with new ones.
The Treasury responded to the AG’s report that 17 pre-schools did not have items such as sandpits, computers and printers because of insufficient allocation and that five pre-schools in Kedah had to share equipment between classes.
“The ministry decided that from 2006, all furniture and equipment such as slides and balance boards were purchased via a centralised contract.
“Several pre-schools have already been supplied with computers and printers and the ministry plans to supply more computers and printers under the 2008 plan,” the Treasury report stated.
On the AG’s report that the ministry did not conduct corrective maintenance for pre-school buildings, equipment and facilities, the Treasury said state education departments had set up pre-school units and were monitoring maintenance works.
The Treasury, however, did not touch on the AG’s report that some congkak multi-coloured beads which resembled sweets, were accidentally swallowed by children at a special needs pre-school in Kajang.
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