After reviewing the Chines-government funded ‘Confucius’ culture and language program in 13 of its schools, the NSW Department of Education has decided to replace the program with its own language programs to teach Mandarin at the schools.
One of the affected schools is Chatswood Public School. The new Chinese language program will commence in 2020.
As a reason for canning the very popular program the Department cited concern that there were “a number of specific factors that could give rise to the perception that the Confucius Institute is or could be facilitating inappropriate foreign influence in the department” However, the Department did not actually discover any evidence of political influence being exercised.
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