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HONIARA, Solomon Islands (SIBC, Aug. 1) – The Ministry of Education and Human Resource Development has setup a Language Policy Task Force to examine language issues in education.

This Task Force is also studying Pijin spelling issues with the intention of proposing an official spelling system, to the Minister for approval.

Secretary to the Task Force, Timothy Matzke, says the aim would be to meet the long-felt need of establishing a standard for written Pijin.

He says factors that the Task Force will be considering include the following: the linguistic make-up of Solomon Islands Pijin, readability and writeability, acceptability of the spelling of the population.

Mr Matzke says the Task Force will also look at the ease of transition by learners from local languages and English.

He says the Pijin page in this week’s issue of the Solomon Star, "Guidnius Olowe", makes use of a proposed spelling system that the Task Force is considering.

Mr Matzke says the Task Force will be seeking input from the public on this new system.

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