School district looks into more Punjabi classes

The Abbotsford school district is now formally looking into the possibility of offering more Punjabi language classes at local schools.

The Abbotsford school district is now formally looking into the possibility of offering more Punjabi language classes at local schools.

The program is currently offered at Rick Hansen Secondary; Eugene Reimer Middle School; Dave Kandal, Blue Jay and Harry Sayers elementaries; and Abbotsford Virtual School.

In April 2010, a group of parents asked that the district expand the program, saying it was warranted due to Abbotsford’s high Indo-Canadian population.

At that time, parent spokesman Balbir Gill said many students learn Punjabi at home, but many don’t know how to read and write in the language.

Signatures from 105 parents were obtained in support of expanding the offerings.

The board of education agreed at its regular public meeting on Monday to have staff look further into the matter, including the potential demand, the pros and cons, and the long-term viability of program expansion.

The board has asked that the review be completed by February.