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Khat already in national syllabus since 2015, says union

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Harry Tan Huat Hock, secretary-general of the National Union of the Teaching Profession

PETALING JAYA: The national teachers’ union has questioned the controversy over lessons on khat (Jawi calligraphy) for Year 4 vernacular school pupils next year, saying that khat lessons had already been part of the national schools curriculum since 2015.

Harry Tan Huat Hock, secretary-general of the National Union of the Teaching Profession said the introduction to the art of khat was intended to inculcate an appreciation of Malay heritage and national identity.

“The issue should not be blown out of proportion to the extent of inviting controversy,” he said in a statement, Bernama reported.

He said said the art of writing in Arabic, Chinese and Tamil was introduced for Year One pupils in 2011 when the KSSR primary school curriculum was implemented.

“It is therefore inappropriate to make it an issue that invites controversy,” he said.

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