‘The future’s still Mandarin’ despite lack of interest

Undeterred by a low uptake, campaigners vow to keep pushing the language in Scotland

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It is just over a decade since Scotland began training its first Mandarin teachers.

But with uptake of the subject low, and teacher numbers falling well short of government targets, what does the future hold for Mandarin teaching in this country?

The number gaining the top grade in the subject has fallen at National 5. But this could just reflect the fact that, as a language grows in popularity, a smaller proportion of learners will be native speakers, according to Robert Quinn, from exams body the Scottish Qualifications Authority (SQA). “Sometimes people think that when the pass rate is ...

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