News | Monday, January 31st, 2012 | sundanesecorner.org
Some three hundred people from among Sundanese speaking communities staged a rally today in Bandung, the capital city of West Java, to protest a government proposal to launch a new national curriculum that tends to remove regional languages from school. Poets and writers, students and teachers, artists and musicians, along with many other activists, expressed their resistance to the government policy in a peaceful demonstration in front of Gedung Sate, the provincial government headquarter.
‘Sundanese people reject the draft of 2013 curriculum for it does not include local languages. Local languages should be taught in elementary, secondary, and high school. In drafting the curriculum the government should be consistent with our constitution and education law,’ said poet and Sundanese schoolteacher Hadi AKS who organized and led the rally in his petition.
The Constitution of the Republic of Indonesia states that ‘the state shall respect and preserve regional languages as national cultural treasures’ (Article 32). The protesters said that by eliminating regional languages from school the proposed curriculum will wipe out the country’s linguistic and cultural diversity.
Widespread protests against the proposed curriculum were not only expressed by Sundanese speaking communities, but also by Javanese and Balinese speaking communities.