PPBM Youth cautions Putrajaya against setting up elite preschools

PPBM Youth says setting up elite preschools will widen the gap between the B40 and M40 income groups. (Bernama pic)

PETALING JAYA: PPBM Youth has cautioned the government against setting up elite preschools, saying it could widen inequality between the bottom 40 (B40) and middle 40 (M40) income groups.

On Tuesday, Deputy Rural Development Minister Abdul Rahman Mohamad was reported as saying the ministry plans to set up elite preschools under the Community Development Department (Kemas) for M40 children, who will pay higher fees.

He said a working paper is being drawn up on the initiative, which will see improved facilities and learning modules.

Muhammad Zikri Zulkifli, PPBM Youth education bureau chief, said the wing is concerned about this as it will lead to a larger gap between the B40 and M40 groups.

“To narrow the socio-economic gap between the people, education disparities should not exist more so at the early childhood education level,” he said.

Zikri said it is better to upgrade all the preschools so that the overall quality of early childhood education can be improved.

He said PPBM Youth will be seeking a meeting with Kemas and the ministry to discuss the issue.