With good friends like Pakistan, who needs to spend money building Confucius Institutes?
From the Press Trust of India via NDTV:
The government in Pakistan’s Sindh province has decided to make the Chinese language a compulsory subject in schools from 2013, sparking a debate in the educational and political circles over the reasons behind such a move.
The decision was taken at a high level meeting yesterday presided over by Chief Minister of Sindh province Qaim Ali Shah, an official statement said.
According to the announcement, Chinese language will be a compulsory subject from class six in all educational institutions, including the Cadet college of Petaro from the 2013 session.
Not everyone in Sindh seems convinced though. Some have criticised the announcement as a move by the provincial leadership to score points with China.
As it is, students in the province already have to take three compulsory languages — English, Urdu and Sindhi. So how will these youngsters squeeze in yet another completely foreign language? May Allah help them.