In an improved attempt to make Chinese language available to Indian Students, the Central Board of Secondary Education (CBSE) is to reach 25 teachers from China to teach Chinese language in schools of Delhi, after Indian teachers were unsuccessful to learn it.
For its pilot project, CBSE has joined with Hanban which is a national office in China meant for teaching Chinese as a foreign language. From there CBSE will obtain 25 teachers for Schools of Delhi comprising 5 Delhi government schools, 5 Jawahar Navodaya Vidyalayas, 5 Kendriya Vidyalayas and rest 10 will be private schools. The teachers are expected to land India in the following month.
Keeping in view the future prospect of Chinese language, the CBSE board in 2011 introduced Chinese as a foreign language but had to withdraw it in January 2012, as Indian teachers could not pick up the language.
The teachers arriving from Hanban will teach as full-time teachers in the chosen 25 CBSE affiliated schools. The schools and agencies of government shall jointly divide their remuneration and hospitality expenses. However, in the 10 private schools, the school administration will bear the entire cost, as informed by CBSE chairman Vineet Joshi.
The then HRD minister Kapil Sibal told many would be taught Chinese language, for which in the first phase, 200 Indian teachers would be trained. CBSE then introduced Chinese language as a third language yet optional in nature for class VI onward.
Due to Indian teachers not being able to pick up the language and failing constantly, the board dropped the idea and discontinued the Chinese language training in between.
The board also stated that the children who are interested in learning Chinese as a hobby could reach Private online educational firm by paying 1600.
However, call of Chinese teachers as of now is a pilot project and in a year the result and impact will be assessed, told Joshi.