The standard of ECCE teachers plays a crucial role in determining the quality of Malaysia’s future generation. In response to the limited number of teachers in this segment who do not possess any formal qualification (93%), this EPP focuses on raising the standards of ECCE teachers through certification and training.
Under the 10th Malaysia Plan, ECCE teachers have been encouraged to meet a minimum qualification standard. This EPP builds on this initiative by giving the private sector the lead in developing high-quality ECCE programmes that will be recognised by the Malaysian Qualifications Agency.
Following this, a consortium comprising higher education institutions such as SEGi College, Kolej Perkembangan Awal Kanak-Kanak, DiKa College, CECE Institute, Alfa International College, Kirkby International College and Taj International College has established a working group with the Ministry of Education and Higher Learning (MEHL) to develop a diploma programme.
- In 2014, 209 out of 361 applicants qualified for the MoE's living subsidy of RM1,000 per year for in-service teachers pursuing a minimum of a Diploma qualification.
- The SEGi University Group's integrated ECCE hub project has now reached the price finalisation stage. The technical requirements from the MoE for the project have also been completed, while SEGi has proposed the necessary financing to complete the RM398 million project.