Parliamentary Replies

September 10, 2018

Review of kindergarten MTL curriculum

Name and Constituency of Member of Parliament

Mr Chong Kee Hiong:

Question

To ask the Minister for Education (a) whether the Ministry will review our kindergarten curriculum to evaluate if the exposure to mother tongues among our young is adequate; and (b) what measures will be introduced to strengthen their foundation in these increasingly important languages.

Response

1. MOE, in consultation with early childhood educators as well as local and international experts, has developed the Nurturing Early Learners (NEL) Framework and Educators’ Guides for Mother Tongue Languages (MTL) to support education for pre-school children.

2. The Framework articulates a broad set of vision, objectives, guiding principles and learning goals, including enabling children to learn and use MTL.

3. Today, MOE Kindergartens offer all three MTLs. Every day, one hour of lesson time is dedicated to MTL. This has not been adopted by all pre-schools but more will expand their offering of MTLs in the coming few years.

4. Beyond classroom exposure, the MTL Promotion Committees and Lee Kuan Yew Fund for Bilingualism have also supported various programmes to encourage MTL use at home and in everyday setting. These efforts, together with the support of community and parents, will provide a conducive environment for our children to learn MTL.