Finance Minister pushes for pre-school reform
TT/The Local · 13 Nov 2007, 07:15
Published: 13 Nov 2007 07:15 GMT+01:00
Borg said he was prepared to commit major resources to pre-school education, offering 3-year olds free daycare "with a special pedagogical content" for part of the week. He also wished to introduce clearer goals into the pre-school curriculum, Svenska Dagbladet reports.
The pre-school system is currently reserved for children aged four and upwards.
The Finance Minister said he would present a cost analysis at a later date.
"Our childcare is good but the knowledge component is fairly limited. In a globalized world our level of competitiveness is predicated on our having a well-educated workforce," he said.
The proposal would enable for more education and more quality control at the pre-school level.
"I don't think we should have the sort of pre-school they have in France, where children sit at their desks and learn from the age of three or four. But children do find letters and numbers fun," said Borg.