Kenya is the latest African country to introduce Chinese as a subject in schools


Just weeks after Uganda said that it will introduce Chinese in secondary schools, Kenya has announced that it will start teaching the subject in 2020.

According to Julius Jwan, the CEO Kenya Institute of Curriculum Development (KICD), told Chinese news outlet, Xinhua, they have completed the design, scope and sequence of the mandarin syllabus.

“Beginning 2020, we will commence teaching Mandarin as a foreign language from grade four for pupils who wish to learn the Asian language,” he said.

The language will be added to others such as French, German and Arabic once the new Competency Based Curriculum is rolled out. 

According to the CEO, Mandarin was included in the curriculum because it is one of the most spoken languages in the world. The justification is…

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