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Chinese Language as an optional subject, is introduced in schools at Saudi Arabia

As reported by Arab News, Government of Saudi Arabia is working hard to provide new horizons to students in various fields by introducing foreign languages as an optional subject. Indeed, It is very admirable step.

Recently, Chinese Language subject has been offered to eight schools in different regions of Saudi Arabia. As reported, “Of the eight schools, four are in Riyadh, two in Jeddah and two in the Eastern Province.” This linguistic teaching initiative has been taken in the light of interest and vision of the crown prince. It is decided that foreign language (Chinese) subject will be presented as an optional subject at all educational levels.

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Muhammad bin Mubarak Al-Zahrani, director of Dammam’s education office, stressed during his visit to King Abdullah Secondary School the importance of including Chinese in public education due to its prestigious position among the languages of the world.

Mishaal and Khaled Al-Otaibi, Chinese-language teachers at the school, said students have responded positively to the new course.

Education Ministry spokesperson Ibtisam Al-Shehri said: “This step represents the first stage of the ministry’s plan to teach the Chinese language on a larger scale that includes female students.”

Moreover, Chinese was introduced in Saudi schools during the crown prince’s visit to Beijing in February 2019, as part of an agreement between the two countries to strengthen ties and cooperation. Chen Weiqing, China’s ambassador to Saudi Arabia, said Arabic is taught at more than 50 universities in his country.

Updated on 11:37 am PKT | Mallahpost

Source and Image courtesy: Arab News

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