KUALA LUMPUR: Education Minister, Maszlee Malik’s proposal to set up a Malaysian language institution in the South Asian Nation to teach Bahasa Melayu (BM) to the Nepalese has made Nepal to have plans to introduce the language as an elective subject in schools.
The plan to introduce BM in its schools is to equip students with communication skills in the professional setting in Malaysia.
Nepalese Education, Science and Technology Minister Giriraj Mani Pokharel said, the matter was discussed with Maszlee Malik when they had a bilateral meeting recently.
However Giriraj said the matter needs further discussion with Nepalese Cabinet and relevant authorities.
Relating to the issue, Maszlee whom Bernama met at the World Innovative Summit for Education 2019 held in Doha, Qatar on 19 to 21 November said the teaching of BM is useful as there are currently 357,000 Nepalese working in Malaysia in the security, manufacturing and hospitality sectors.
“Teaching BM and setting up institutions would be useful when Nepalese seek employment in Malaysia as they would be able to communicate fluently and boost their career,” said Maszlee.
The two leaders was said to have discussed on enhancing and improving Technical and Vocational Education and Training (TVET) studies in Nepal.
“The Nepalese minister was impressed with our German Dual Training System for TVET and for them, it would be useful.
“This is because Nepal wants to produce skilful Nepalese workers to work abroad with better pay and equipped with TVET certification,” he said.
In another development, Maszlee said Nepal was also looking for opportunities to send their students to pursue post-graduate studies in Malaysia, and to collaborate with Malaysian universities.
Maszlee was also invited to visit Nepal in conjunction with the Visit Nepal 2020, and to attend the Artificial Intelligence Conference in Kathmandu next year.-Malaysia World News (MWN)