[lg policy] UK: Mandarin lessons to get £10m boost, says Chancellor

Dave Sayers dave.sayers at cantab.net
Wed Sep 23 08:36:29 UTC 2015

"Mandarin in English schools will get a £10m boost, and 5,000 more pupils will learn 
it by 2020, George Osborne has said on a visit to China.

The cash will be used to recruit and train teachers to teach the language to GCSE 
level, said the Chancellor in a speech to the Shanghai Stock Exchange.

Mr Osborne suggested Mandarin would be more "relevant" than traditional options like 
French or German.

He revealed his daughter, Liberty, was already learning China's main language."

More here: http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/education-34331189.

Personally I think it's really classy when politicians use their children for 
political ends.


Dr. Dave Sayers
Senior Lecturer, Dept Humanities, Sheffield Hallam University
Honorary Research Fellow, Arts & Humanities, Swansea University (2009-2015)
dave.sayers at cantab.net | http://shu.academia.edu/DaveSayers

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