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Saturday, October 24, 2009

Mandarin to be taught in Kelantan religious schools

It won't be long before we can say "Ni hao?" tothe people of Kelantan.

KOTA BARU: The Kelantan government plans to introduce Mandarin as a subject in schools under the Kelantan Islamic Foundation (YIK) soon, said State Islamic Development, Education and Dakwah Committee chairman Datuk Mohd Amar Abdullah Saturday.

He said the move was prompted by the positive response to the Mandarin Club set up at seven YIK schools, comprising the Maahad Muhammadi, Maktab Pengajian Islam, Maahad Arabiah Pasir Mas, Maahad Tahfiz al Quran in Pulai Chondong, Maahad Tahfiz Sains Tanah Merah and Sekolah Menengah Ugama (Arab) Tarbiah Mardhiah, Panchor.

“Mandarin classes for the club members, totalling 250 students, are held on weekends and public holidays,” he added.

In a related development, Mohd Amar said four students from the Sultan Ismail Petra International Islamic College were sent to China for further studies. -- Bernama


http://thestar.com.my/news/story.asp?file=/2009/10/24/nation/20091024132551&sec=nation

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