New schools, old mindsets

New schools, old mindsets
School: Children at a PAP Community Foundation kindergarten.

SINGAPORE - Five new kindergartens set up by the Ministry of Education (MOE) opened their doors this past week.

These kindergartens, which welcomed 250 children, are the first of 15 to be set up by 2016.

One would expect parents to be excited about the MOE pre-schools.

I mean, how wrong can it go with a ministry-led curriculum?

It emphasises learning through play, and that means no spelling tests or hanyu pinyin for those taking Chinese.

Instead, children will learn through stories, songs and dances with a distinct Singapore flavour.

Teaching resources include big picture books in English, Chinese, Malay and Tamil, with stories referring to Singapore culture and set in local neighbourhoods.

Sounds fun and less stressful, right?

One would have thought that parents would love the concept.

But no.

Housewife Vianna Goh, 34, disagrees with the concept even though she admits that "my girls will love it".

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