BANTING – Children’s participation in the Community Development Department (Kemas) kindergartens’ transit programme starting next Monday (Jan 15) is optional.
Rural and Regional Development Minister Datuk Seri Ismail Sabri Yaakob said the establishment of transit programme from 1 pm to 5 pm was aimed at helping working parents who were unable to hire helpers to look after their children after the completion of the kindergarten session at 12.30 pm.
Throughout the transit period, various activities, derived from discussions held between the parents and the respective kindergarten committees would be carried out and used as an additional learning platform for the participating children, he said.
Ismail Sabri said the activities carried out during the transit programme would probably involve additional fees for the services of the teachers but it would not be burdensome to the parents.
“Parents who are not keen to get their children to participate in transit programme can always opt out and fetch their children home as usual after school hours.
“During the transit programme the children will learn other beneficial things such as languages, Fardhu Ain, martial arts and so on as it is totally different from the morning school session,” he told reporters after launching the Tabika Kemas Hygiene Practices Manual at the Tabika Kemas Ain Balqis, Kampung Jenjarom, here.
Among the 27 Tabika Kemas throughout the country selected for the pilot programme are in Putrajaya; Gombak, Selangor; Tangkak, Johor; Kubang Pasu, Kedah; Teluk Kemang, Negeri Sembilan; Kota Kinabalu, Sabah and Kuching, Sarawak.
He said if the selected 27 kindergartens showed the effectiveness in alleviating the burden among the working parents, the programme might be extended to all Kemas kindergartens nationwide in the future.
Commenting on the manual, Ismail Sabri said it was produced to assist kindergarten teachers to educate, train and apply the value of hygiene practices thoroughly among the children.
“Children will be trained on small responsibilities such as wiping the table or washing the dishes and cups they use after meals so that they understand the importance of keeping things clean and making it a habit in daily life.
“However, this step is not to impose the cleaning dishes job on the children, as the assistants will still be doing the work , instead it is an exercise to instil disciplines among them,” he said.
The first ever published good hygiene practices manual will be distributed to all 11,206 Kemas kindergartens nationwide as part of the children’s informal learning module, beginning this year. – BERNAMA