KUDAT: The development of early childhood education will be enhanced with the financial allocation for kindergartens by the State Government.
Special Tasks Minister Datuk Teo Chee Kang, said this when officiating at the opening ceremony and Chinese New Year celebration of Visi Nursery School and Visi Kindergarten here recently.
The kindergarten and nursery school were established by St James’ Anglican Church, Kudat.
Teo, who is also Tanjung Kapor assemblyman, hoped that the board of governors, teachers, staff and parents could work together to ensure the young children benefit from their early education at the nursery school and kindergarten.
He acknowledged that many schools in Sabah were founded by churches, which showed the contribution of churches towards the development of education in the State.
At Visi Nursery School and Visi Kindergarten, children learn to read and count, as well as to learn the three main languages, namely English, Malay and Mandarin.
Teo said Visi Kindergarten was established by St James’ Anglican Church, Kudat in 1919 to provide preschool and early childhood education for children.
The kindergarten was forced to close during the First World War and it reopened in 1980.
The learning institution then went through another closure before resuming operation in 2011.
The kindergarten only had nine students in 2011 and the number eventually grew to 64 this year.- Sayangsabah