The khat issue explained by MOE

1. What is the issue?

Revised Primary School Standards-Based Curriculum (KSSR) for the Standard 4 Bahasa Malaysia syllabus will introduce khat calligraphy as part of the additional segment.

2. What is the purpose of the introduction of khat writing?

Khat calligraphy serves as an aspect of language arts to enrich students with knowledge on history, art and heritage of Bahasa Malaysia.

3. How khat calligraphy is segmented?

It will take up six pages of the new 164-page Bahasa Malaysia Standard 4 textbook as part of language art activities.

4. Will students master Jawi through these 6 pages?

The implementation of khat calligraphy is not a comprehensive learning to master Jawi but to enhance the knowledge on history, art and heritage of Bahasa Malaysia.

5. Will the implementation happen in SJK only?

No. This introduction of khat calligraphy involves all primary schools; SK and SJK.

6. When was this decision to include khat calligraphy made?

The introduction of khat calligraphy was decided during the revision of curriculum (KSSR) in 2014.

7. Will this implementation target only Year 4?

The introduction of khat calligraphy is for Level 2 students which will involve Year 4 in 2020, Year 5 in 2021 and Year 6 in 2022. There will be no involvement for Level 1 students (Year 1–3).

8. Will khat calligraphy be tested in tests and exams?

No. Khat calligraphy is not to be tested and assessed.

9. Why non-Malay students are forced to study khat calligraphy?

The introduction of khat calligraphy is meant as an attempt to enhance the knowledge on history, art and heritage of Bahasa Malaysia, and not forced.

In addition to this, Jawi script-writing has also been taught in SJK through Bahasa Malaysia curriculum since 2015. Please refer pages 85 to 88 of SJK Year 5 (2015 edition), Theme 6: Culture and Nation Appreciation (Unit 17: The Writing Art).

10. Why khat calligraphy instead of coding and the others?

KPM introduced coding to primary and secondary students through the revised Primary School Standards-Based Curriculum (KSSR) and Secondary School Standards-Based Curriculum (KSSM) in 2017.

This involves Level 2 students (Year 4-5) in primary school and Form 1-3 in secondary school. The element of coding is incorporated within the subject of Technology Design and Computer Science.