Laura Walters article in Stuff sets out the non-preparedness of secondary schools to cope with students who want to learn Mandarin at the secondary level. She acknowledges a contributing factor being “a looming shortage of Chinese language teachers at schools as student numbers continue to grow” and quotes statistics showing that Chinese student numbers were up 28% from 3277 in 2013 to 4218 in 2014.

Tony Browne, Chairman, Confucius Institute in Wellington says “The shortage of New Zealanders graduating with skills that made them “China-literate” would hamper future grown in New Zealand’s economic ties with China”

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