Pre-schools to have common Mother Tongue framework

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Pre-schools to have common Mother Tongue framework

Postby AceTutors123 » Tue Nov 06, 2012 10:58 am

Pre-schools to have common Mother Tongue framework

SINGAPORE - Addressing long-standing concerns among parents over the disparity in standards and teaching methods of Mother Tongue in pre-schools, the Ministry of Education (MOE) will come up with a common curriculum framework for the teaching of Chinese, Malay and Tamil in kindergartens, this newspaper has learned.

According to the MOE, the framework will be developed "in consultation with different stakeholders, such as pre-school principals and teachers, teacher trainers and academics". It will include "broadbased vision, goals, principles and outcomes" for the learning of the three Mother Tongue languages.

Last month, the MOE put up a tender on Government procurement portal GeBIZ for a Mother Tongue language curriculum consultant for its pre-school education branch.

According to the tender documents, the job scope is to provide "consultancy services for the common pre-school Mother Tongue language teaching and learning framework, and ensure coherence and relevance in the framework for children aged four to six years".

The consultant's services will be engaged until February, and it is required to provide, among other things, a "critique and written advice on about three drafts" of the framework.

Responding to TODAY's queries on the tender, an MOE spokesperson revealed the plan to roll out the common curriculum framework.

The teaching and learning of Mother Tongue languages in pre-schools currently "take place within the larger context of a pre-school curriculum which is guided by the MOE Kindergarten Curriculum Framework", the MOE spokesperson said.

The ministry has also developed pre-school teaching guidelines for each Mother Tongue language.

Apart from focusing on developing children's interest in their Mother Tongue language and their oral and aural skills, the current guidelines also provide "the goals and principles of pre-school Mother Tongue language teaching and learning, and suggestions on teaching strategies".

The ministry had said previously that it is reviewing the guidelines .

Welcoming the curriculum framework, Mountbatten Member of Parliament Lim Biow Chuan, who chairs the Government Parliamentary Committee for Education, noted the concerns of parents.

"(They) have complained that they are surprised that their child is so far off from their classmates just because they are from a different pre-school," he said. "Having a common curriculum will make sure that everyone knows the same things."

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Re: Pre-schools to have common Mother Tongue framework

Postby optimistforum » Sat Nov 17, 2012 5:03 pm

Hi AceTurors123

I like poring over your posts; very insightful.

On a slightly differenet note you will be interested to know that in England, we are slowly fusing a fine blend of innovation with the traditional. Our national curriculum (focussing on creativity and problem-solving) is comparable to SG, however, our exam questions are just not rigorous (a post for another time, about improving UK school league table and government success standings).

But, the Dept of Education is re-intrdocuing Latin and Greek as mandatory language options for primary schools, as of 2014. The pace of educational reform is breath-taking. ... Greek.html
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