The Ministry of Education Malaysia (MOE) has allowed the reopening of private kindergartens starting since 1st of July 2020 to meet the needs of preschool education in Malaysia. As an initiative to ease the burden of private kindergarten operators in reopening their operations, the Ministry of Finance (MOF) has agreed to approve the granting of one-off grants through the Economic Regeneration Plan (PENJANA).
Through this initiative, private kindergarten operators registered under MOE will receive a one-off grant of RM5000 and in addition to that, kindergarten operators who are not registered with the MOE will receive a one-off grant of RM3000 if the kindergarten makes their registration by 31st October 2020.
The MOE is confident that the grant provided by the government will be able to help private kindergarten operators continue with their preschool operations and it may also encourage other private kindergartens that are yet to register with the MOE to do so before the set date.
This move is seen as the answer to Private Education Recovery Proposal (PERP) tabled by The Private Education Entrepreneur Association (PEEAM) together with education associations namely, Persatuan Pendidik Professional Bahasa Malaysia (PPPBM), Persatuan Tadika Swasta Petaling Perdana (PTSPP), Persatuan Tadika Islam Malaysia (PERTIM) and Persatuan Pengusaha Pendidikan Swasta Sabah (PPPSS) that has raised their concerns on private institutions wellbeing during the Recovery Movement Control Order. The proposal presented on private education entrepreneurs’ needs and challenges to the MOE based on the survey-based statistics from 1,125 respondents who are the operators of different education segments nationwide.