Chinese language to be offered in SA Schools from grade 4-12

Mandarin language

Minister of Department of Basic Education has approved the Mandarin langauge as a second additional language in the National Curriculum Statement  grade R-12. The Chinese language will be implemented  from grade 4- 12 as from January 2016. This is documented in the government notice R 234  , 20 March 2015. The star(30 March 2015) reported that the plan to introduce Mandarin as a school subject  emerged last year when  the department announced that the curriculum for the teaching of “Chinese” would be developed with the help of Chinese government. This transpired after Minister Angie Motshega and Ministry of education in China signed an implementation agreement. The agreement focuses on five areas of cooperation: curriculum development, math and science, teacher training, vocational education, and research and development in basic education. Mandarin will be implemented first in few school in the Gauteng province. The DBE feels that education will strenghten trading partnership between China and SA.


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