JAKARTA (JP): Minister of National Education Abdul Malik Fajar asked schools in the country to teach foreign languages, particularly the Chinese language, Antara reported.
"Teach foreign language learning, particularly Chinese language, so we can communicate with other nations in the world," he said during a visit to AL Ikhlas Islamic boarding school in Sumbawa, West Nusa Tenggara, on Thursday.
Malik Fajar said that Indonesians could learn from China, whose development in education, technology, trade and economics has been recognized throughout the world.
He added that the ability to master various languages would be beneficial for students in this era of globalization and free trade.
During the New Order era, the government had banned the Chinese culture for over 30 years. The ban was revoked by former President Abdurrahman Wahid in 1999.