The Ministry of Education, Science and Technology (MoEST) is considering introducing Chinese language schools in the Nepalese curriculum.
In their defense, Minister Giriraj Mani Pokhrel has said “If we can teach English, why can’t we teach Chinese? The world is learning Chinese.” The language will not be mandatory, and offered as an optional language for students.
The Ministry is also planning to add other languages such as Hindi, Arabic, and Korean which would be helpful to Nepali migrant workers, as a large number of them go to India, the Gulf countries, and South Korea in search of better prospects. The remark comes as a stark deviation from the earlier commitment promised by the Oli administration – providing more employment opportunities in Nepal to reduce labour migration.
It has been learnt the decision to incorporate Chinese language in the education system was arrived upon the recommendation of a few students who went to China to learn the education. They believe, learning the language will equip Nepali students with a competitive advantage. However, the decision to incorporate Chinese language in the mainstream education is yet to be finalised.
The Minister has said the government could also teach Chinese under the Technical Education and Vocational Training, amongst the other languages.