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Senate committee approves bill to protect Arabic

By JT - Apr 23,2015 - Last updated at Apr 23,2015

AMMAN — The Senate's Education Committee approved on Thursday the draft law to protect Arabic, aimed at safeguarding the language against “slang and foreign terms” in official agencies and state-run educational and media institutions.

The committee approved the bill as referred by the Lower House, the Jordan News Agency, Petra, reported.

Under the draft law, Arabic will be strictly used as “the language of talks, negotiations, memorandums and correspondence with other governments and international institutions, organisations and bodies”.

The bill also stipulates that no teacher or instructor shall be employed by an educational institution without passing an Arabic proficiency test.

Violators of the law will be fined JD1,000-3,000.

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