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Urdu Language Encouraged At Competition

The Minister for Education, Heritage and Arts, Mahendra Reddy, has encouraged the learning of Urdu language in schools. “Any opportunity for humans to learn, explore and acquire important components of
12 Apr 2017 11:00
Urdu Language Encouraged At Competition
Miniister for Education, Heritage and Arts Mahendra Reddy (right), and Year 6 student Mohammed Azhar at Nasinu Muslim Primary School in Nakasi on April 11, 2017. Photo: Ashna Kumar

The Minister for Education, Heritage and Arts, Mahendra Reddy, has encouraged the learning of Urdu language in schools.

“Any opportunity for humans to learn, explore and acquire important components of their mother tongue is highly valuable in this era,” Mr Reddy said during the opening ceremony of the Zonal Urdu Competition at Nasinu Muslim Primary School at Nakasi yesterday.

He said within the country, we also have large number of Urdu speakers. Urdu is a language which has been taught in Fiji from the early 1960s.

“Many schools across the country also ensure that Urdu language is thoroughly inculcated in their school curriculum.

“The Ministry of Education, Heritage and Arts over the years have also been facilitating Urdu language in the external examinations.

“In 2015 we had 5292 students taking Urdu language in primary schools in Fiji.

“In 2016, the number grew to 5314 students and in 2017, currently there are estimated to be 5320 students doing Urdu language.

“In 2015, in secondary schools, a total of 412 students did Urdu language.

“In 2016, the number increased to 420 and which is estimated to remain as such in 2017.

“As such, the increase in the number of students taking up Urdu language studies is indeed very encouraging,” Mr Reddy said.

He said Government has always upheld the interests of all ethnic groups of the nation.

“The Government of the day has, from day one, strongly advocated for a nation whose strength lies in its diverse population.

“Our unique blend of cultures and traditions is the marvel of the world.

“We as a nation are guaranteed under the Constitution on the right to freely practice our religions and its basic components such as, advocacy to conserve and preserve our mother tongue,” Mr Reddy said.

Edited by Jonathan Bryce

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