Mandarin as formal subject in national schools?

KUALA LUMPUR: The Education Ministry is studying the need to make the Mandarin subject as part of the formal curriculum at national secondary schools.

 Its deputy minister Chong Sin Woon said that school inspectorates had been instructed to identify the number of students taking the subject in these schools and other information.

Currently, Mandarin is listed as a POL (pupils’ own language) subject and at some national secondary schools, it is being taught after school hours. A minimum of 15 students is required for a class.

Chong told the China Press that graduates from teacher training colleges could only be sent to teach the subject if it was formally introduced.