Kuala Lumpur: Children will begin school
a year earlier, at the age of five plus, the government has
announced in the 10th Malaysian Plan.
It will be rolled out in stages starting with schools in
rural and plantation areas, particularly in schools that are
under-utilised to allow the pupils to benefit from an earlier
Early childhood development and pre-school programmes
will be stepped up for more children to be ready to enter
schoola at a younger age, according to the plan that was
tabled in the Dewan Rakyat (Lower House) yesterday.
"The entry age for schooling will be lowered from 6 to 5
during the plan period," it said.
Efforts will be made to raise pre-school enrolment for
children aged between four and five from the current 67 per
cent to 87 per cent by 2012 and 92 per cent by 2015.