[photopress:learn_Chinese.jpg,full,alignright]In England the government has decided that all school children must learn a modern language from the age of seven. No one has yet found out if there are enough teachers for this task. It is not unheard of for a teacher to be teaching a foreign language which they, themselves, can hardly speak at a very basic level.
This came as research by management consultancy Hay Group showed that the inability of UK graduates to speak Mandarin could threaten the £200 billion (roughly RMB3 trillion) a year sales to China that British business expects to make by 2009.
Lack of language skills in the UK means British companies are planning to recruit graduates from China in order to continue doing business. Hay Group said fewer than 500 students graduate each year in the UK with degrees that have Mandarin as a ‘substantial’ part.
The Hay Group then called on all European MBA courses to include a China module in future in an attempt (and this is where it gets quite amazing and xenophobic) to prevent any further increase in the recruitment of MBA graduates from China by British business.
Source: The Guardian