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Mandarin in CBSE Syllabus

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Recognizing the growing economic influence of China, the Central Board of Secondary Education (CBSE) has decided to introduce Mandarin in schools starting with class VI from 2011-12 session.

The curriculum is nearly ready and the Board has already written to its affiliated schools giving them the option to take up the course. ‘‘China is the fastest growing economy in the world so we thought it would be beneficial for students to learn the language as it opens up a lot of opportunities,’’ said CBSE chairperson Vineet Joshi.
He said the Board would first introduce Mandarin in class VI and then in higher classes. ‘‘We are preparing the textbooks,’’ Joshi said.

CBSE already runs courses in 12 foreign languages.

Biggest problem is to find teachers for Mandarin: Schools

French, German and Spanish are quite popular in classes VI to VIII but with the Central Board of Secondary Education (CBSE) deciding to introduce Mandarin Chinese in schools academicians say the language will find many takers. Jyoti Bose, principal, Springdales School in Dhaula Kuan, said, ‘‘We tried introducing Chinese in our school last year and there were quite a few students who wanted to take it up, but there was a problem finding teachers. Now it has been introduced, it should be continued in senior classes as well.’’

Source: TOI