New Status for Ethnic Languages.

Ethnic languages such as Semai of the Orang Asli in Peninsular Malaysia, Kadazandusun in Sabah and Iban in Sarawak could be listed as elective subjects in schools, Deputy Education Minister Dr. Mohd Puad Zarkashi said this after launching a Kadazandusun textbook, Purala Boros Kadazandusun Id Sikul, in Kota Kinabalu recently.

He said the move was aimed at placing the teaching of these ethnic languages at par with French, German and Japanese. However he added that this dependent on whether our teachers are willing to teach these languages.

He said the teaching of ethnic languages was at the moment confined to certain schools in districts where there were large numbers of people speaking those languages.

Dr. Mohd. Puad added that the number of students studying Kadazandusun in Sabah now stood at about 20.000. About 700 students from this group will accessed for their proficiency in PMR examination later this year.

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