No More Mandatory Khat Calligraphy Lesson in Vernacular Schools, Cabinet Decides

The Khat writing controversy has been going on for the past two weeks and it has finally come to closure now.

The Cabinet has decided to make Khat, a form of Jawi calligraphy, an elective where teachers in vernacular schools will have the freedom to teach Khat or not, The Star reported.

Source: Straits Times

In a press conference with his deputy Teo Nie Ching, Education Minister Dr Maszlee Malik said, “the Cabinet made a decision to give teachers the power to decide how they want to teach.

“There will not be any form of exams, tests or assessments.

“We hope that with the Cabinet’s decision on khat, the issue will not be raised anymore and create any misunderstanding.”

Source: FMT

Dr Maszlee said Khat syllabus will be reduced from six pages in Year 4 Bahasa Malaysia textbook to three pages and it will only be an activity but not subject itself, FMT reported.

He added that the Ministry will continue to have a dialogue with all stakeholders to improve the education system in Malaysia.

Source: Utusan Online

Previously, many Malaysians were outraged by the implementation of Khat writing in vernacular schools next year as they feared that it would burden students with the already-heavy study load for learning three languages and three writing systems.

Khat writing would make students to learn another writing system when Bahasa Malaysia actually follows a romanised script, Dong Zong and Jiao Zong, the two groups that represent the interests of Chinese independent schools nationwide, contended.

You can read our previous report here:

What are your thoughts on this? Do you think it is a good idea for the government to go flip-flop on their implementation this time? 

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