Thu, 18 Aug 1994

Chinese in school curriculum

From Media Indonesia

The recent government decision to allow tourist brochures with Chinese characters is too superficial.

Looking at regional realities the government should also include Japanese characters in its decision judging from the economic potential of these two nations.

I suggest the inclusion of the two languages in senior high school curriculum as an option on top of the compulsory English. An emphasis on conversation should be given to the two Asian languages.

Although we may encounter a shortage of teachers in the initial stages, mastery of a foreign language is always helpful.