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KSS wants proper Kadazan language taught in schools

9th May, 2019

KOTA KINABALU: The Kadazan Society Sabah (KSS) will pursue the teaching of the Kadazan language as a ‘mother tongue’ language to be taught in schools as provided for under the Education Act 1996 (Act 550).

This was to ensure the teaching of proper Kadazan language in schools as opposed to what is currently being taught, which was not their mother tongue.

KSS in a statement said parents are concerned as their children were not taught their proper mother tongue language and that they themselves have problems understanding it.

This would defeat the purpose of calling it a ‘mother tongue’ language or subject for the children, it said, if in actual fact it was not their mother tongue language being taught to them.

It stated that KSS have met the Minister of Education Dr Maszlee Malik in their pursuit and submitted a working paper to suggest the implementations which is hoped to be approved sooner rather than later.

“KSS is not against any other language being taught in schools but if we manage to get approval on it and the implementation of it thereafter, at least the Kadazan children will have the right to choose their own ‘mother tongue’ language in schools and then it would be right to call it their ‘mother tongue’ language if they are allowed to learn it.

“However, our pursuit of the teaching will be done in the correct manner and in accordance with the Education Act,” the statement said.

In the season of Kaamatan in the new Malaysia, it added that the approval for Kadazan mother tongue language to be taught in schools will be one of the best gifts to the communities that celebrate the occasion particularly the inclusive Kadazan people.

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