Education Ministry, NGOs reach consensus on khat calligraphy

07 Aug 2019 / 08:02 H.

PUTRAJAYA: A discussion between 12 non-governmental organisations and Deputy Education Minister Teo Nie Ching yesterday reached a consensus that only the art of khat calligraphy would be introduced in primary schools next year.

“It only comprises Khat calligraphy and not the learning of Jawi (language). That, I think clears the picture. We have a consensus on that. We don’t have any doubt on that,” she told reporters during a press conference after the hour-long discussion at her office, here yesterday.

Teo said the second thing agreed on in today’s discussion was that students would not be evaluated for khat via examinations next year.

“This is the stance of the NGOs on this issue, and we (Ministry of Education) agree with it,“ she added.

Teo had previously announced the use of Jawi script in textbooks in all schools in the country including Chinese and Tamil national type schools. The decision also included the implementation of khat calligraphy in textbooks of Year Four pupils from next year. - Bernama

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