Schools urged to promote Chinese language learning

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BANGKOK, 29 July 2011 – The Ministry of Education is urging schools nationwide to promote Chinese language study as it has been regarded an important tool to support educational development to the international level.

Deputy Permanent Secretary for Education Churairat Sangboonnum on Thursday signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) with Beijing Normal University on a project to promote Chinese language education in Thai schools.

Speaking after signing the MOU, Ms Churairat told the press that Thailand has been receiving cooperation from China and other countries in the development of teachers, students and school executives.

The deputy permanent secretary elaborated that China is now one of the economic superpowers and has been providing supports to research projects on Chinese language study as well as teacher training in Thailand continuously.

Ms Churairat noted that the ministry hence has a policy to encourage schools nationwide to promote Chinese language as one of the alternative subjects for students. She said the project will be piloted in ten schools in Bangkok after before being expanded to other schools nationwide.

The deputy permanent secretary believed that Thai students in the future will have knowledge and ability to communicate in Chinese which will benefit their career prospects.