Kathmandu: Many schools in Nepal have made it mandatory for students to learn chinese (Mandarin) language. In view of the Chinese government's proposal, many schools in Nepal will now be teaching this language. Headmasters and personnel of 10 renowned private schools have informed the media that it has been made mandatory to learn Mandarin in their institute.
According to Shivraj Pant, founder and chairman of the Committee, many private schools in Pokhara, Dhulikel and other areas of the country have also made it mandatory for students to learn Mandarin. Ganesh Prasad Bhattarai, information officer at the Curriculum Development Centre, who designs school-level academic courses, said, "Schools are allowed to teach foreign languages, but they cannot implement it compulsorily for students.
Ganesh Prasad Bhattarai has further stated, "It is our job to determine if a subject is to be made compulsory, not to schools. Schools talking to the press are aware of this rule, but given the free Mandarin teachers, they have ignored this rule. Kuldeep Nupen, headmaster of the United School, said, "After the Chinese Embassy agreed to provide free teachers, we started Mandarin as a compulsory subject two years ago."