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For the first time, the Education Ministry has decided to train school teachers   to teach foreign languages such as Chinese, Japanese and Korean, Education Minister Bandula Gunawardane said today.

The Minister told the Daily Mirror that the first batch of 100 teachers selected for the purpose would be given one-year full time training from January next year.  For that purpose, he said that trainers would be hired from Japan, Korea and China.

“We want to hire natives as trainers. Already, the embassies of those countries have been requested to provide us with trainers. The Ministry will provide them accommodation and other faculties,” he said. (Kelum Bandara)
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  • ashok Monday, 31 October 2011 10:27 AM

    I was really stunned by the ignorant comments from readers.As a person who lived in Europe for 3 decades and Europe is investing millions for training managers who speak Chinese.The best Universities offers Chinese language courses as well as High schools just because they know investing in China and trade relations with China is tantamount for the reason that China is an emerging super power with a huge domestic market.But our reader who are like frogs in the well see everything as UNP or SLFP do not see advantages of studying Chines.Thailand ,Vietnam as well as all other Asian countries together with Japan also invest so much of money to get their children learn Chinese.

    ashok Monday, 31 October 2011 10:28 AM

    frog in a well

    che Monday, 31 October 2011 04:56 AM

    Yes, there are students learning Sinhala in China.
    Some of them have been sent to Sri Lanka to study Sinhala.
    And I think learning Chinese is an elective course.

    Leslie Monday, 31 October 2011 05:49 AM

    How about English? Why not Hindi, spoken in our neighbouring country India and having much travel and trade between.
    Don't be placating the Chinese.

    sukiri Sunday, 30 October 2011 03:18 PM

    wonder if the Chinese are learning Sinhala in their schools...


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