Senate okays bill making Arabic language compulsory in educational institutions

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ISLAMABAD – The Senate on Monday approved the Compulsory Teaching of the Arabic Language Bill 2020 to make Arabic language compulsory in educational institutions in Islamabad.

The bill, which was tabled by Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N) Senator Javed Abbasi, said that the language will be taught in schools of Islamabad from grade 1-5, while students of classes 6-11 should also learn Arabic grammar.

The ministry concerned has been given six month to ensure the implementation of the bill.

Abbasi, speaking on the floor of the Senate, said that the Holy Quran and daily prayers were recited in Arabic., adding that it is the fifth-largest language, which has the status of official language in 25 countries.

He said that understanding the Holy Quran will be helpful in resolving the issues being faced by masses.

Abbasi said that he did not oppose teaching the other languages whether it is English, Russian or Spanish in the education institutions.

Stressing people to learn Arabic language, he said that it will help Pakistanis to get jobs in the Middle Eastern countries.

In October 2020, Abbasi moved the bill in the meeting of the Senate Standing Committee on Federal Education.