Singapore: Call for new ways of teaching Tamil

Francis Hult francis.hult at
Mon Feb 15 16:59:32 UTC 2010

Asia One


Call for new ways of teaching Tamil


In 1982, three in 10 Primary 1 pupils studying Tamil came from English-speaking homes. That figure has doubled to six in 10 today.


This means there may be a need for a fundamental shift in the manner in which Tamil is taught in schools, said Senior Minister of State for Education S. Iswaran at the Tamil Language Coordinators' Meeting yesterday.


He said: 'These students have limited exposure to Tamil before they enter school and would also have limited opportunities to use Tamil in their homes.'


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