English and Indonesian Children

Teaching Indonesia’s children by Adhityani Putri,

Indonesian children may soon no longer be taught English in primary school. Musliar Kasim, the deputy education and culture minister, reasoned that teaching English to children, along with science, was “burdensome” and that it should be considered haram or forbidden under Islam.

 This latest development in the government’s attempt to overhaul the national curriculum prompted an outcry among parents and non-parents alike. My Facebook newsfeed and Twitter time line were immediately flooded with strong reactions, calling it “a joke”, “outrageous” and “a bid to destroy Indonesia’s future”.

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