PUTRAJAYA: Malaysia is keen to adopt the early childhood and primary school education implemented at the Iqra Primary VA School in Clapham, south London, United Kingdom (UK).
Education Minister Mahdzir Khalid, who visited the school on Monday, said four factors implemented at the school had the potential to improve the quality of early childhood education in Malaysia.
The factors were the school management’s strong leadership, complete infrastructure, dedicated teachers, and, cooperation between the school and the University College London (UCL), he said.
“The teaching methods, learning environment and attractive surroundings result in children enjoying to come to school and they are taught to be bold and express themselves, be creative and communicate well from an early age,” he said in a statement issued here yesterday.
Mahdzir is currently on a working visit to the UK, as well as to attend the Education World Forum (EWF) 2017 at the Park Plaza Westminster Bridge Hotel.
According to the minister, Iqra Primary VA School is a government assisted kindergarten and primary school with 100% Muslim students from Year One to Year Six.
The school that has 240 pupils aged three to 11, offers Islamic education, according to the UK school curriculum, to the Muslim community in Brixton and other areas in London.
“The school provides a playground for pre-school children as well as complete infrastructure for the primary school, such as a library and laboratory.
“UCL also contributes a lot in terms of academic experience, providing information to the teachers in the school,” Mahdzir said.
He also noted that the school had a teacher and three teaching assistants in each classroom.
“We’ll look at the interesting concepts of this school to be brought back to Malaysia, to improve our education system,” he said.