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Monday, 22 October 2012
USE YOUR MOTHER-TONGUE LANGAUGE
LOOKING....Joseph Pairin Kitingan looking at the work done
by the KadazanDusun language teachers.
DEPUTY Chief Minister, Joseph Pairin Kitingan wants more
KadazanDusun language classes to be taught in primary and secondary schools in
Sabah. He especially wants the younger KadazanDusun generation to speak in their
mother tongue not only in daily conversations but also as a means to preserve
their cultural heritage.
Pairin, who is also the
Minister of Infrastructure Development said that the KadazanDusun Cultural
Association (KDCA) and United Sabah Dusun Association (USDA) have decided on the
Bundu Liwan language to be used in teaching atschools, after a debate on the status of language to be chosen. However,
vocabulary from the KadazanDusun dialect will also be used in the
Pairin said this atthe closing ceremony of Kursus Dalam Perkhidmatan Bahasa Kadazandusun
Kohot 2012 organised by Bahagian Pendidikan Guru (BPG) of Ministry of Education,
Sabah Education Department and Institut Pendidikan Guru (IPG)
Pairin said that so far he is very pleased with the
progress of the teaching of the KadazanDusun language in primary schools that
was started in 1997.
"Our language is our identity. Teaching our mother-tongue
in schools will encourage it's usage among our younger generation.
However he said that the question of using which dialect
in schools should not be debated as many other dialects are used to further
enrich the KadazanDusun grammar.
Also present at the ceremony were the Director of IPG,
Rujinah Miki, the Coordinator of Ethnic and Indigenous Language of Bahagian
Pendidikan Guru (BPG) of the Ministry of Education, Norliza Yusof , Kadazan
Language Coordinator, Joseph Yabai and IPG Keningau and Kadazan Language Course
Coordinator State Department of Education, Sitiamah Sahat.
Pairin also supports the idea of establishing a
KadazanDusun Language Teachers' Council or Tungkus (Tinimungan Mongingia Boros
KadazanDusun) as proposed by a KadazanDusun language instructor. It's mission is
to elevate the Kadazandusun language as a language for everyday communication.
The council will also serve as an avenue to preserve our national
Meanwhile, Sitiamah Sahat the Kadazan Language Course
Coordinator of the State Department of Education said, as of now, 861 primary
schools and 100 secondary schools in Sabah have made the KadazanDusun language
part of the subjects taught in schools.
primary school teachers and 37 secondary school teachers are involved in
teaching the language. A total of 25 teachers for the second intake of the
KadazanDusun Language course from across the state have completed their 6 months
training and received their certificates at theceremony at IPG Keningau. (Insight Sabah)