Gallup Survey: Around 90% Pakistanis in favor of compulsory Arabic classes
This bill makes Arabic classes mandatory at all primary and secondary schools in Islamabad Capital Territory.
A recent survey shows that around 90% of Pakistanis favor a senate bill that makes Arabic classes compulsory at school.
Last month, Pakistan’s upper house of parliament approved the Compulsory Teaching of the Arabic Language Bill 2020.
This bill makes Arabic classes mandatory at all primary and secondary schools in the Islamabad Capital Territory.
“Around 89% of Pakistanis said that they are in favor of the approval of a Senate bill that calls for the Arabic language to be a mandatory part of the syllabus in educational institutions,” Gallup & Gilani (Pakistan) said in the study released on Friday.
The study was carried out between the 6th of February and the 27th of February.
Around 1,503 men and women in urban and rural areas of 100 districts participated. all four provinces of Pakistan took part in the survey.
To become law, the Senate bill on Arabic teaching now requires approval by the National Assembly.
The lawmaker who presented the bill, opposition senator Javed Abbasi, argued that command of Arabic, the official language of over 25 nations, would open up more job opportunities for Pakistanis in the Middle East, leading to lower unemployment and increased remittances.
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