Should more New Zealand students learn Chinese?

04/11/2011 | New Zealand Herald, The

New Zealand Prime Minister John Key and other leaders want to increase the number of students learning Mandarin Chinese, but schools have been slow to respond. Of the country's 2,500 schools, 101 offer Chinese language courses. School officials say there is little demand for such courses and a dearth of qualified teachers. However, the Chinese government hopes to offset the shortage by funding the Confucius Institute, which is tasked with increasing the number of students learning Chinese.

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