The Cabinet states the Jawi script lessons will not be part of any exam or monthly tests.
As the controversy appears to draw to a close, here's a tentative list of the victorious and the vanquished.
The former minister also says it is better to learn a language than calligraphy.
NUTP secretary-general: Art of khat was introduced in Year 5 Bahasa Melayu classes as part of cultural studies
Deputy PM says she is aware of Chinese community concerns. "We will discuss it further."
Once confined to history classes, Baybayin is making a comeback among the Philippines' millennials, young professionals and diaspora.
This park is a hive of activity as people dance, sing karaoke and even practise calligraphy on the stones.
Amy Lin soldiers on with traditional Chinese calligraphy despite slowing demand and the personal challenge of ill health.
In Taiwan, the presidential calligrapher holds an important position.
N Poolohgasingan was broke and had lost his way, but turned his life around after learning the fine art of Chinese calligraphy.