Minister of Education, Dr. Maszlee Malik explains on the cabinet decision over the khat writing, which will be implemented by the Ministry of Education next year. PIX: NOOREEZA HASHIM / MalaysiaGazette / 08 AUGUST 2019.
Minister of Education, Dr. Maszlee Malik explains on the cabinet decision over the khat writing, which will be implemented by the Ministry of Education next year. PIX: NOOREEZA HASHIM / MalaysiaGazette / 08 AUGUST 2019.

By Muhammad Azizul Osman

KUALA LUMPUR – The cabinet has decided to go ahead with the introduction of khat in vernacular schools next year. However, it will be up to the teachers to decide on how to teach it.

Minister of Education, Dr Maszlee Malik said that no action will be taken against Sekolah Jenis Kebangsaan Cina (SJKC) and Sekolah Jenis Kebangsaan Tamil (SJKT) that refuse to teach khat.

“The cabinet has decided that the introduction of khat should be implemented as planned after taking into considerations of several matters.

“In the meeting, the cabinet has decided that the khat writing will be introduced through 3 pages in the textbook,” he said in a press conference at his ministry today.

Besides that, the meeting had also decided that khat will be implemented as an elective, where the teachers are given the authority to decide on how to teach khat in their respective classrooms.

“We (the government) do not want to take action on the schools which refuse to implement khat.

“We need to understand each other’s religion, and respect each other’s culture,” he said.

According to the minister, the khat will also not be included in any examinations.

The proposal to introduce khat in textbook has become a controversial issue after many parties, especially from the Chinese and Indian communities opposed to its implementation. -MalaysiaGazette

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