The next academic year will see pre-schools set up in all the 22,000 government-run lower primary schools (LPS), as decided by the Department of Public Instruction (DPI).
Children aged 3 can join the pre-schools as proposed by the Department.
"In the present system, we are giving admissions to children from Class 1. We would like to make it more attractive by opening pre-schools at the same premises of government schools," said DPI Commissioner Mohammed Mohsin.
The Primary Education Department's proposal has been cleared and has been forwarded to the government for allocation of funds. The pre-schools will function for 5 days a week between 9.30 am and 12.30 pm, as per the plan. Mohsin feels that this will aid the Department to woo more students towards schooling at the first stage itself.
He said,"I don't think it will be a difficult job. All we need is infrastructure and dedicated teachers, which we can manage."
"These days, most parents prefer to send their children to pre-schools. The demand for pre-schools has also increased. The pre-schools run by private entities charge high fees. If the same service is provided by the government, then it will not be a burden for many parents," said another senior official from the Department, supporting the proposal.
The objective is to set up pre-schools and not to provide formal education, according to Department officials.
A senior official said,"Instead, we would like to focus on group activities, which is fun for children. Along with this, some small entertaining rhymes keep them happy."
The DPI also aims to bind in helpers and teachers to aid children in activities such as eating by themselves, toilet training, discipline, hygiene, learning new words and recognising colours.
The following are the DPI's plans:
- Constructing 1 or 2 additional classroom(s)
- Introducing attractive play material inside and outside the classroom
- Hiring dedicated and specialised faculty
- Hiring at least two helpers to take care of children
- Buying some teaching and learning material
- Introducing colorful uniforms for children