CHIANGRAI TIMES – Thailand on Friday inaugurated a scheme to boost the teaching of Mandarin to Thai students, under which 1,200 volunteers from China will soon begin providing free or low-cost tutorials, initially at the primary and secondary-school levels.
At the opening ceremony at Government House, Thai prime minister Yingluck Shinawatra lauded the long-standing Thai-Chinese relations and thanked China’s Education Ministry and the volunteers for their help on Friday.
She said the Mandarin language courses, to be provided for one year from an as yet unspecified date, would further bolster bilateral relations and benefit investment and cultural relations. The two countries are already working closely on tourism and water management.
Another 4,000 volunteers from China will travel to Thailand at a later stage. This will be followed by various exchange programmes between the two countries, Education Minister Suchart Tadathamrongvej said. Mandarin-language curricula at the undergraduate level will be developed later for long-term use at Thai universities, he said.