IPOH, March 17: Universiti Pendidikan Sultan Idris (UPSI) today signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with SEGi University to carry out research to improve the quality of Early Childhood Care and Education (ECCE).
The MoU was signed by the UPSI vice-chancellor Prof Datuk Dr Mohammad Shatar Sabran and SEGi University’s representative Prof Dr Patrick Kee Peng Kong in a ceremony at the UPSI National Child Development Research Centre near Tanjung Malim.
Mohammad Shatar said the collaboration was made to conduct studies on a sub-project entitled ‘Development of a Comprehensive and Integrated Model of Quality Malaysian ECCE’.
“This study is being conducted to evaluate the scope and quality by studying the government’s current policies, regulations and legislations related to ECCE in Malaysia and identify the strengths, weaknesses, opportunities and challenges in the programme,” he said in a statement here today.
Mohammad Shatar said a total of 73 researchers from several universities would be involved in the project worth nearly RM5 million.
“A total of 70,000 respondents consisting of educators, nursery operators, parents, officials from government agencies as well as ECCE specialists are involved in the project,” he said.