Permata Curriculum Programme Can Be Expanded To Private Sector

KUALA LUMPUR, April 27 (Bernama) — The curriculum of the Permata Negara programme can be expanded to the private sector as one of the efforts to help in the development of children under the age of four.

Minister in the Prime Minister’s Department Datuk Seri Shahidan Kassim said the effectivemess of the progamme was proven when several agencies in the government adopted the curriculum to teach children.

“The Community Development Department (Kemas) and National Unity and Integration Department (JPNIN) had used the same programme, which was managed by Permata and the agencies.

“Currently, Kemas has 448 kindergarten programmes with Permata, with 9,075 children and 1,816 teachers.

“There are 41 programmes at JPNIN involving 880 children and 246 teachers,” he said when replying to a supplementary question from Senator Datuk Boon Som Inong who wanted to know if the government was planning to expand Permata at the parliamentary level and rural areas in particular, in Dewan Negara here, today.

Shahidan said the Terengganu Foundation has 64 kindergartens using the curriculum of the programme with 3,670 children and 628 teachers.

“The community kindergartens at the work place have 101 programmes involving 2,525 children and 505 teachers,” he said, adding the government also aspired to expand the programme to all 222 parliamentary areas.

Meanwhile, Shahidan said Permata received RM51,248,399 million to manage and operate 88 Permata Negara children centres including paying the emoluments of their teaching manpower, this year.

The fund was also used to implement the Permata Pintar, Permata Insan, Permata Seni, Perkasa Remaja and Permata Kurnia programmes.

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