Reports By Bernama
KOTA KINABALU: Universiti Pendidikan Sultan Idris (UPSI) in Tanjong Malim, Perak, is offering Kadazandusun language as a minor programme beginning next year as part of its efforts to produce trained graduate teachers in the language.
Its Dean of the Faculty of Languages, Dr Abdul Ghani Abu, said that for a start, 20 students currently taking Malay language studies at the university would be selected for the course.
"These students will graduate with two majors, in Malay language and the Kadazandusun language," he said when closing a workshop on Kadazandusun language in Kota Kinabalu Thursday.
He said the Kadazandusun programme would be carried out simultaneously with the Iban language."UPSI is now recruiting lecturers for the purpose where we need at least seven people for each language," he added.
The teaching of Kadazandusun was introduced in 1997 in 15 primary schools in Sabah. The language was made one of the subjects in the Penilaian Menengah Rendah (PMR) examination for the first time this year.
This should be a reminder to Kadazandusun parents to speak in their own langauge with their children at home. When these 20 trainee teachers graduated, we will have non-Kadazandusun teaching Kadazandusun to Kadazandusun students.