15 Mar '11, 12pm

Our reader says MOE should allow more subjects to be taught in Chinese to give it a greater sense of purpose. #sgedu

I AGREE with Mr Goh Jin Chieh ("Chinese syllabus standards high, but not ability"; last Saturday) that it is imperative to engage the young and stimulate their interest in the Chinese language. Although I was a Special Assistance Plan (SAP) student who was deeply interested in Chinese history, spoke Mandarin at home and watched Chinese shows, learning the language in school was a drag. The teachers tended to force the language upon us and the pedagogy revolved around rote learning. So it was unsurprising that my friends from English-speaking families had an even greater dislike for learning the language than I did. Any language in itself is simply a key to open the doors to greater knowledge. Learning Chinese should not be an end in itself, or to score an A in exams. When I was in secondary school, Chinese literature was the only subject taught in Chinese and was available...

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