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East Timor wants the education system to be in Portuguese only

The East Timorese ministries of Education and Higher Education want to make it mandatory that instruction in the country's education system be only in Portuguese and that other languages be "auxiliary" and supportive.

"The two ministries are proposing changes to the basic law on education, and the proposal is that the language of instruction is only Portuguese. Tetum and other national languages will serve as auxiliary languages and pedagogical support when necessary," said the Minister of Education, Youth, and Sports, Armindo Maia.

"This is one of the major problems we have been facing" in the national education system, he . . .

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