26 May '12, 4am

Spanish as 3rd language from 2014

SINGAPORE: From 2014, secondary school students would be able to take Spanish as a third language while junior college students can do so from 2018. The Ministry of Education (MOE) said it aims to develop a core group of Singaporeans to be proficient in Spanish to support Singapore's efforts in exploring new growth opportunities and forging partnerships with Spain, Latin America and other Spanish-speaking countries. Minister of State for Education Lawrence Wong announced this on Saturday at the opening of the second MOE Language Centre at Cairnhill Road. Mr Wong said the decision to offer Spanish is the result of an agreement on cultural, educational and scientific cooperation signed by Spain and Singapore during the official visit of former prime minister Zapatero of Spain in April 2011. MOE said having a ready pool of Singaporean Spanish speakers will facilitate and cont...

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