The Cabinet has decided to go ahead with the introduction of Jawi khat, which has been renamed as the introduction of Jawi writing. However, its implementation in Sekolah Jenis Kebangsaan (SJK) vernacular schools must obtain the approval of Parents and Teachers Association (PTA), parents and students of the schools.

By Kasthuri Jeevendran

KUALA LUMPUR – The Cabinet has decided to go ahead with the introduction of Jawi khat, which has been renamed as the introduction of Jawi writing. However, its implementation in Sekolah Jenis Kebangsaan (SJK) vernacular schools must obtain the approval of Parents and Teachers Association (PTA), parents and students of the schools.

In respond to the announcement, a total of 15 PTAs and the Tamil school Board of Governors (LPS) from the Federal Territories of Kuala Lumpur have decided to reject the implementation of Jawi in their respective schools.

The group had unanimously rejected the introduction of Jawi in Tamil schools, which they alleged, will not be beneficial. On the contrary, the group said that the Ministry of Education should focus on other more important matters.

The spokesperson who is also the Chairman of LPS, M Vetrivelan told MalaysiaGazette that they were shocked by the ministry’s proposal which they alleged had faltered from its original objectives of strengthening the national education system.

According to him, the introduction of Jawi writing to the students in SJK does not meet the actual requirement for Bahasa Melayu.

“Do you know that 30 to 40 percent of the students in Tamil schools fail Ujian Pernilaian Sekolah Rendah (UPSR) because they cannot master Bahasa Melayu?

“Rather than introducing khat, they should study on providing extra hours for this subject as it is more beneficial in helping them master the language

“The introduction of khat does not help them master Bahasa Melayu. We will not compromise in this issue, ever,” he emphasized.

According to Vetrivelan, the introduction of Jawi to Year 4 students in SJKC and SJKT will further reduce their time to learn Bahasa Melayu.

“We hope that the government, especially MOE and Prime Minister can listen to our pleas and make decisions which can contribute towards racial harmony,” he said.

The plan to introduce Jawi in the school curricular had started since 2014. -MalaysiaGazette

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