90% of preschool teachers have no certs

The Penang Kindergarten Teachers’ Association says there are preschool teachers with diplomas in the market but the industry prefers to retain experienced teachers. – The Malaysian Insight file pic, December 31, 2019.

FEWER than 10% of kindergarten teachers have tertiary academic qualifications, despite a new ruling coming into force on January 1, 2020 that requires them to hold at least a diploma in early childhood education, said a teachers’ association.

The requirement for the academic qualification was mooted in 2016 in a bid to improve the quality of preschool education.

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