South African teachers oppose plan to offer Mandarin lessons from age nine

Union accuses government of surrendering to Chinese imperialism

A teachers union in South Africa has accused the government of surrendering to Chinese imperialism after it emerged that nine-year-olds are to be offered Mandarin lessons.

The Department of Basic Education said that from January 2016 Mandarin would be offered at grade 4 as an additional optional language along with German, Serbian, Italian, Latin, Portuguese, Spanish, Tamil, Telegu and Urdu.

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