Swedish Liberal Party leader proposes Chinese for schools

15:40, October 21, 2009      

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Sweden's education minister Jan Bjorklund proposed recently that a language learning reform should be carried out and Chinese learning should be introduced in schools.

The Liberal Party leader added that children in Sweden should start learning English at an earlier age in the first grade rather than the third or fourth grade as it is today while speaking to the Swedish Radio.

"Economic relations with this huge country are going to become more and more important," he said. "I think it would be advantageous if we have a number of young people who learned Chinese."

The proposal has yet to be approved by parties in the coalition government but Björklund does not foresee any opposition on the matter.

"Fortunately my son is studying Chinese in Hangzhou now and my daughter began to study Chinese too," said Claes Lindberg hearing the news.

"It is coming, it will be introduced, the Liberal Party leader proposed Chinese be taught in schools," said Lennart Johansson to People's Daily.

Xuefei Chen, People's Daily Online, Stockholm.
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