KOTA KINABALU – A letter from SK Sungai Sapi Beluran that gone viral in social media on Feb, 2 led to a misinterpretation on issue related to Arab Language subject replacing KadazanDusun Language subject in the schools.
According to the State Education Department Director Datuk Jame Alip, the schools will continue to offer KadazanDusun Language subject as one of the elective subjects to students from primary 2 until 6.
“They will still continue teaching the subject and we will try to get qualified teacher to fill in the position, ” he said.
On January, 13 a meeting was held and the principal and teachers in SK Sungai Sapi Beluran unanimously decided to offer students Arab Language subject as one of the elective subject.
Jame stated the reason for this decision was made because of the KadazanDusun teachers unable to master the language from the syllabus provide.
“The teachers are from Dusun Tatana and Dusun Labuk ethnics and even though they went through courses but it seems difficult for them to master the language,” he said.
This year the Arab Language subject was offered to primary one pupils who wanted to take up with the subject, however Jame explained that the subject is optional.
“We have order the schools and Beluran education office to continue with the teaching and learning of KadazanDusun subject in the school. The Arab language subject is optional; if the students want to take up the subject they may do so.
“The letter is misleading and we assure you that the KadazanDusun subject will continue as usual,” he said.
SK Sungai Sapi Beluran has 102 students with 29 of the students taking KadazanDusun language subject.
Last year there are 17,000 students who are enrolled in the KadazanDusun language subject in 21 districts in Sabah with 800 teachers; where 600 out of the teachers are volunteers. – By Fizah Yusof/SayangSabah