27 Jun '11, 1am

Our reader says preschool teachers from China may be less proactive in teaching kids than their S'poreans colleagues.

EARLY childhood education is perceived as a career that offers limited opportunities ('Teachers sought for childcare centres'; June 2). The result is a shortage of quality preschool teachers and a significant number of educated Chinese from China who are employed in the childcare sector here. I have no doubt about these teachers' standards. Their good grasp of the Chinese language will enable them to provide a good learning experience for the children. However, from what I have observed while working part time in one of the NTUC First Campus childcare centres, I have realised that even qualified teachers, without a passion to teach children, will not be able to provide quality preschool education. The teachers from China at the centre where I work are less proactive in teaching children than their Singa-porean colleagues. They make little effort to correct undesirable beha...

Full article: http://www.straitstimes.com/STForum/Story/STIStory_684319...

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