Learn Te Reo not Mandarin as a second language, say readers

Learning more than one language is a "great advantage", but ONE News readers believe more Kiwis should be taught Te Reo and not Mandarin.

The Confucius Institute has been spending huge money teaching Kiwis Mandarin, and say our education system needs to up its game. Source: 1 NEWS

A Chinese Government funded language school said learning a second language should be made compulsory in New Zealand.

The Confucius Institute added 80 per cent of Kiwi students leave school without a second language.

But if New Zealanders should learn "any language it should be Te Reo Maori," Ana Pierce posted to the ONE News Facebook page.

Debbie Carman wrote: "I have no problem with NZ children learning another language, particularly Maori or NZSL ... I do have a problem with any other country's government saying what NZ kids should or should not do in our schools and stumping up with the cash uninvited."

Tahau Zhane Whelan said "no way ... Te Reo Maori should be put before learning Mandarian".

Paul Ngui, a Kiwi on his OE, said he travels to several countries where locals converse with him in English rather than in their native tongue.

"This is because I regretfully only know English, and their government has presumably recognised the benefit in knowing how to speak English ... I definitely believe Te Reo should be taught at school, as it is part of our national identity, culture and heritage - but there is only benefit to be had in learning a third language."

Auckland's St Peter's College is one of many Kiwi schools receiving thousands of dollars a year from the institute, which gets funding from the Chinese government.

However, the institute has been accused of censoring topics like Tibet, and the Tiananmen square massacre from its Mandarin lessons, but here, the institute and schools who receive funding insist there are no conditions on what is taught.