Green light for khat classes

PETALING JAYA: The Education Ministry will ensure an easier presentation of khat, or Jawi calligraphy, when it is introduced in schools so that it will not burden students or teachers.

There will also be no assessment in terms of the language art aspect.

The ministry said it was committed to building a Malaysia with an understanding and knowledge of national heritage.

“Although the plan to introduce khat in schools will proceed, the ministry will still accept the views of various parties to ensure that there is fair consideration, ” the ministry said in a statement yesterday.

The ministry said plans to introduce khat as part of a revision of the curriculum had been carried out since 2014.

“Various engagements with language experts and educationists have been held, and pilot tests have been carried out in selected schools, ” the ministry said.

It said the introduction of khat will be taught as part of the Bahasa Melayu curriculum for Year Four pupils from 2020.

“The introduction of khat is important as it is a part of the Bahasa Melayu heritage, in line with its position as the national language and language of unity.

“It is also found on the country and states’ emblems and our currency, ” added the ministry.

National Union of the Teaching Profession (NUTP) secretary-general Harry Tan (pic) said on Monday that teachers were being trained to teach the introduction to khat to pupils in all schools starting next year.

The ministry, he added, had assured NUTP that pupils would not be assessed on their mastery of the art.

“Khat is a very small part of the new curriculum and textbook, ” he said.

Tan said the ministry told NUTP that khat was an art of writing that could make learning more enjoyable for pupils while teaching them beautiful handwriting.

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