THE COVID-19 PANDEMIC HAS HAD AN IMPACT ON CHILDREN’S EDUCATION and learning practices in TABIKA and TASKA KEMAS. Although TABIKA is no longer in operation and children are not attending classes, they are entitled to an education in accordance with the Malaysian Education Development Plan (2013-2025). This states that every student has access to education in order to reach their full potential in life.
In 2020, KEMAS released an infographic of Home-based Teaching and Learning (PdPR) approaches for TABIKA KEMAS children throughout the MCO. These students were able to get the education they needed through one or more PdPR methods, such as Online, Offline and Offsite.
To ensure that PdPR is engaging, creative and dynamic, TABIKA and TASKA KEMAS teachers, who are called community educators, should be creative and imaginative in order to produce new ideas and ensure the effectiveness of the teaching and facilitation (PdPc) process.
The Early Childhood Education Innovation and Multimedia Award Competition (AIMPAK) was presented to recognise the contributions of community educators. It involved 431 TABIKA and TASKA KEMAS community educators from around the country. KEMAS intends to continue improving the quality of service and the professionalism of TABIKA and TASKA community educators.
The Training Institute of the Community Development Department (KEMAS) in Kuantan, Pahang, which will be upgraded to the Academy of Excellence in Early Childhood and Care Education (ECCE), will receive a total allocation of RM49 million beginning in 2024. The Academy will focus on improving the educational quality of community educators in Taman Bimbingan Kanak-Kanak (TABIKA) and Taman Asuhan Kanak-Kanak (TASKA). To date, TABIKA KEMAS has 10,818 classrooms across Malaysia.