Taiwan Goes Native

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The Taiwanese Ministry of Education has announced that programs in the nation’s native languages will be compulsory from 2016.

The country’s Minister of Education Chiang Wei-ning (蔣偉寧) said that the 12-year compulsory national education program would include Taiwanese (Hoklo), Hakka, and Aboriginal languages with students in Grades 1 through 6 having at least one class a week.

Under the current program, native languages are optional in junior-high, where they are usually taught as extracurricular classes.

2 COMMENTS

  1. This is enlightened policy on the part of the Taiwanese Ministry of Education, and if only other governments/statutory education bodies follow their lead, our world would be a better and more linguistically rich and diverse place…the Taiwanese Ministry of Education deserves our strongest plaudits & praise for going down this path – bravo!

  2. This is enlightened policy on the part of the Taiwanese Ministry of Education, and if only other governments/statutory education bodies would follow their lead, our world would be a better and more linguistically rich and diverse place…the Taiwanese Ministry of Education deserves our strongest plaudits & praise for going down this path – bravo!

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