In order to increase the exposure given to students, CBSE decided to teach Mandarin in 22 schools across the country. The language is being taught to students from January in class 6 and 7 in schools located in Delhi, Mumbai, Bangalore, Raipur, Jaipur and Kolkata.
China’s National Office for teaching Chinese as a foreign language has tied up with CBSE to implement this action CBSE has undertaken.
“Hanban has deputed 22 native Chinese teachers to teach Mandarin Chinese on a pilot basis in India. Chinese teachers will not only be able to teach their own language better, but will also add perspective. Students would also get to learn about the country, its art, culture and tradition,” said Vineet Joshi.
Fact states that the number of people demanding Mandarin as a language has grown however; CBSE launched it as a foreign language in 2011 but was forced to withdraw it in 2012 due to the inability of teachers to pick up the language. The language is being tested on a pilot basis however will later become a full fledged foreign language 2014 onwards.
Schools in the city teaching Mandarin include
- Tagore International School (Vasant Vihar)
- Salwan Public School (Rajinder Nagar)
- KIIT World School (Pitampura)
- Rajkiya Pratibha Vidyalaya (Dwarka)
- Rajkiya Pratibha Vidyalaya (Rohini).