Hong Kong schools

Mandarin in all Hong Kong primary schools can take the pressure off older pupils

PUBLISHED : Thursday, 05 April, 2018, 2:08pm
UPDATED : Thursday, 05 April, 2018, 2:08pm

I refer to the debate on whether Mandarin should be a compulsory subject in secondary school.

Learning a second language can widen our horizons. Therefore, Mandarin can help Hong Kong pupils better under mainland Chinese culture. In addition, students who can speak Mandarin fluently can improve their job profile.

Nevertheless, secondary pupils are already under a lot of pressure from school work, followed by school or hobby activities. I don’t believe it is useful to make Mandarin a compulsory subject for older students.

Learning Mandarin could be just the job

If children in all primary schools are taught Mandarin, they will have the basic skills mastered even before they come to middle school, and will not need to be burdened with another compulsory subject.

If they are interested in sharpening their Mandarin skills, it can be taught as an optional subject.

Xu Chunying, Sheung Shui