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Teach Mandarin in local schools

Published:Thursday | July 23, 2015 | 11:40 AM


We are a nation filled with people of ethnically and culturally diverse backgrounds. Yearly, we see a steady flow of Chinese coming to reside in Jamaica.

In every nook and cranny, a Chinese person or family operates businesses or builds homes, yet they have the opportunity to laugh, ridicule, and cuss us out without us even understanding one iota of what they are saying. A little knowledge of Mandarin, Cantonese, or Taiwanese is desperately needed.

I would like to recommend that the Chinese language, Mandarin, be included in the school curriculum so that today's students will not be at an unfair advantage, since they will be interacting with more Chinese nationals.

Foreign languages are already taught in our schools. Why not Mandarin?