SEREMBAN: Parents with children in vernacular schools will be given 14 days to decide if they want Jawi calligraphy introduced in their schools when the new term opens.
Parents will indicate their wishes on forms to be distributed by the schools’ parent-teacher associations (PTA).
The PTA will then tabulate the poll results and notify the school headmaster.
If there is a simple majority or 51% of the parents are supportive of the move, the students at the particular school will have to learn Jawi writing.
Education Ministry deputy director-general (school operations sector) Dr Ahmad Rafee Che Kassim said if the majority of parents of children in a particular school agree to the move, then the teaching of Jawi will start for those in Year Four in stages from 2020.
“The same batch will learn it in Year Five in 2021 and then in Year Six the following year, ” he said in a directive to all state Education Department directors.
He said headmasters would be required to notify their respective district education departments of the poll outcomes.
The ministry said although the option to teach and learn has been given to Chinese and Tamil schools, national schools will still have to conduct Jawi writing lessons.
Ahmad Rafee reiterated that even if parents with children in vernacular schools agree to the teaching of basic Jawi writing, the pupils would not have to sit for any test or examination on the topic.
“The introduction to Jawi writing is basically to educate pupils on the art, heritage and history of Bahasa Melayu, ” he said.