[EDLING:80] Teaching of Indian languages gets a boost in Singapore
Francis M. Hult
fmhult at DOLPHIN.UPENN.EDU
Fri May 4 02:41:26 UTC 2007
Teaching of Indian languages gets a boost in Singapore
Singapore, May 4 (DPA) Teaching of five Indian languages, other than Tamil,
will receive a $1.5 million (nearly US$10 million) boost next year from the
government of Singapore.
Community groups organised by the Hindi Society have been running weekend
classes in five non-Tamil languages in 20 schools. Mainstream schools do not
offer the classes.
In recognition of the effort, languages such as Bengali, Hindi, Gujarati,
Punjabi and Urdu will benefit. The funding will go toward teacher training and
development of teaching materials, the society told The Straits Times.
Singapore's predominantly Chinese population of 4.5 million includes seven
percent Indians.Students in the regular school system learn English and a
second language, usually in their mother tongue. These include Chinese, Malay
The weekend classes are run "like a normal school, with prize-giving ceremonies
and concerts", Hindu Society President S. Tiwari was quoted as saying.
The budget has been limited to $800,000 Singapore dollars annually from fees
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