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Chinese Language School Certificate Exam

Minister for Ethnic Affairs Hon. George Hawkins has applauded an announcement that students studying Chinese as a second language will be able to sit School Certificate in the subject.

Chinese will be available as a School Certificate subject for the first time this year.

George Hawkins welcomed this announcement made this week by Education Minister Trevor Mallard.

George Hawkins said: "By offering Chinese as a School Certificate subject, it gives greater recognition to the language and to the Chinese community as a whole.

"It is vital that New Zealand recognises students who have successfully studied Chinese and who excel in speaking the language.

"This country has much involvement with people who speak Chinese and with countries where Chinese is the most spoken language," George Hawkins said. "Indeed, it is important that the world's most spoken language is one of New Zealand's recognised qualification subjects," George Hawkins said.

He said it is vitally important that Chinese speaking people also gain recognition for their native language.

"This announcement will go a long way toward ensuring people of the Chinese community continue to speak and enjoy the thoughts and expressions of their native tongue.

"The decision to offer Chinese as a School Certificate subject places it on an equal footing with other international languages taught in New Zealand schools," George Hawkins said.

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