Compulsory Javanese speaking in schools.
As an attempt to save the Javanese language from decline and eventual extinction the Education Department of Surabaya in East Java has begun a policy of making the speaking of Javanese on all school grounds in the city compulsory on every Monday and Tuesday, for both teachers and students.
One student, Dani Swastiko at Angelus Custos Catholic junior high school (SMP Katolik Angelus Custos), says he is very much in favour of the policy:
We live on Java, our culture is Javanese, if we don't preserve it then who will?
Meanwhile Erlangga Dharma, the head of a private school, Sekolah Cita Hati, says it is difficult to accept the new rule, considering that the Education Department has not issued any detailed instructions, and the fact that many students at the school are of Batak origin and therefore don't know Javanese, except for the local Suroboyoan slang form. suarasurabaya
Indonesian version of this article - Berbahasa Jawa di Sekolah.