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Tamil and Chinese Primary schools may follow Bahasa Malaysia Standard

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Education Ministry is currently collecting opinions from all parties to study the feasibility of using Malay primary school's Bahasa Malaysia syllabus in Chinese and Tamil primary schools, hoping that students from different streams will be able to achieve equal Bahasa Malaysia standard. At present, Chinese and Tamil primary schools are teaching Bahasa Malaysia as the second language. The textbooks and the Primary School Evaluation Test (UPSR) examination papers that they are using are different with those used in Malay primary schools. The government is preparing to strengthen English and the Education Ministry is studying the feasibility of using Malay primary school's Bahasa Malaysia syllabus in Chinese and Tamil primary schools. However, the above study is still in the preliminary exploratory stage with no decision has been made.

The Education Ministry is keeping an open mind and collecting views from university lecturers, academic groups, Chinese education organisations, teacher associations, Tamil education organisations, as well as the Indian community. It seemed that Education Ministry officials had conducted a meeting with the representatives of the above mentioned groups to discuss on the curriculum reform in Chinese and Tamil primary schools, namely to use Malay primary school's Bahasa Malaysia syllabus, including the UPSR examination papers, in Chinese and Tamil primary schools. In the meeting, they also talked about increasing Bahasa Malaysia lessons in Chinese and Tamil primary schools from the current 270 minutes per week to 360 minutes per week in order to implement the proposal.

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