WOU-KinderJoy agreement for Learning Laboratory

IPOH: Wawasan Open University (WOU) today signed a memorandum of understanding with Kinderjoy Education Group (KinderJoy) to appoint KinderJoy as a learning laboratory for the teaching of WOU’s Diploma in Early Childhood Education (DECE) programme.

The MoU was signed by Prof. Dato’ Dr. Ho Sinn Chye, Vice Chancellor of WOU, and Ms. Stephanie Liu, Executive Director of KinderJoy. The witnesses were Prof. Santhiram Raman, Dean of WOU’s School of Education, Languages and Communications (SELC), and Ms Looi Lee Ying, Academic Director and Principal of Tadika KinderJoy.

The guest of honour for the signing ceremony held at the main campus of KinderJoy was En. Aznan Alias, Head of Special and Private Education Sector, Perak State Education Department.

In his speech, Prof Ho shared that WOU introduced the DECE programme via part-time, open distance learning (ODL) in January 2017 to provide professional upgrading opportunities for existing and would-be teachers working in childcare and preschool centres who do not possess diploma qualifications.

“This is in line with the Ministry of Education’s (MOE) ruling for all preschool teachers, both in government and private agencies, to have at least a diploma by 2020,” he stated, declaring that the DECE programme grooms and enhances the professional knowledge and skills of the teachers.

Prof Ho said that WOU has appointed five institutions in all of WOU’s five Regional Centres nationwide in Penang, Ipoh, Kuala Lumpur, Johor Bahru and Kuching as Learning Laboratories to support the teaching of the programme. He thanked KinderJoy for opening up their premises to WOU to be used as a learning laboratory, complete with simulation facilities, to train students of DECE.

The DECE programme is accredited by the Malaysian Qualifications Agency and approved by the MOE. It is a 90-credit programme, consisting of 29 courses that may be completed in 6 semesters over 3 years.

Prof Ho said the programme was developed by external experts in the field of early childhood education. The courses cover pedagogy, psychology, management and administration, curriculum planning, law and social policies, as well as entrepreneurship development.

“Upon completion, graduates will have the knowledge, skills and competencies to be employed in childcare settings and preschools as teachers and administrators, while those teachers in preschool centres previously without formal qualifications will be suitably qualified to teach,” he stressed.

He also praised KinderJoy for its generous offer of scholarships to students pursuing the DECE at WOU. He encouraged more preschools to send or support their teachers in their study of the programme at WOU.

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  • Wawasan Open University (WOU), established in September 2006, is a foremost private institution of higher learning which offers over 50 postgraduate and undergraduate programmes via part-time study. Since September 2013, WOU has expanded into full-time study and currently offers six full-time degree programmes.
                                                                                          
  • Tadika KinderJoy, established in 1996, is wholly-owned by KinderJoy Educare Services Sdn. Bhd. Its three centres are: Tadika KinderJoy (Main Campus) at Jalan Raja Permaisuri Bainun (formerly Jalan Kampar), Sri Joy and Tadika KinderJoy (Botani Branch) at Bandar Seri Botani.