Here is an interesting editorial from the New Zealand Herald. It is very reaffirming to those schools in New Zealand who are implementing Mandarin language programmes for students. The editorial starts:
'The drums are beating for more children to learn Mandarin. The Prime Minister wants more pupils to consider it. Education expert Wendy Pye goes further. She wants it to be compulsory for all New Zealand primary schools to offer children a chance to learn Mandarin. Compulsion would be a step too far. But it is not difficult to understand why there should be every encouragement for children to learn the language'.
To read the editorial in full, click here.