Chinese language adviser plan ‘should be shelved’

Dr Isabella Jackson of TCD has warned that employing a Chinese national to advise on the Leaving Cert Mandarin curriculum could compromise freedom of expression

The department of education has said the curriculum is developed by the National Council for Curriculum and Assessment (NCCA) and the assessment of the curriculum is handled by the State Examinations Commission (SEC). Picture: iStock

The Department of Education has been urged to drop plans to have a new language adviser appointed by the Chinese government, and to draw from domestic expertise in drawing up a Mandarin Leaving Certificate curriculum.

It emerged earlier this month that the proposed plans to add Mandarin as a secondary school subject involved the Chinese government paying for and appointing, with the department’s approval, a language adviser.

Dr Isabella Jackson, an assistant professor in Chinese ...