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Headquarters in Beijing says move is a blow to bilateral education cooperation
The Confucius Institute Headquarters said it deeply regrets a decision by the education department in Australia’s most p雅博体育app下载夜生活
opulous state to end a Chinese-language education program in its public schools and ho
雅博体育app下载夜生活女神会所pes the New South Wales government will not politicize normal bilateral cooperation in education.
“We hope the NSW government will give more consideration to the negative infl
uence of closing the Confucius program on the state’s Chinese language education雅博体育app下载夜生活
and its education cooperation with China,” the Confucius Institute Headquarters said in a statement on F
riday, adding it would take necessary measures to safeguard its rights and interests.雅博体育app下载夜生活女神会所
In May last year, the department ordered a review of foreign government or o
雅博体育app下载夜生活rganization support of language education in NSW government schools.
Though no evidence of “actual political influence” was found by
the review, it said the Confucius Institute established within the department “雅博体育app下载夜生活女神会所
is or could be facilitating inappropriate foreign influence in the department”.
The department said it had decided to end its cooperation with the Confucius Institute pr雅博体育app下载夜生活
ogram at the end of the 2019 school year, which would terminate the Confucius Classroom prog
雅博体育app下载夜生活女神会所ram in 13 public schools across Sydney and on NSW’s mid-north coast.
Instead, the NSW Department of Education will invest A$1.2 million ($810,0
00) to continue teaching the Chinese language in the 13 schools, it said, adding tha雅博体育app下载夜生活
t 15 percent of the pupils learning Chinese in NSW public schools were doing so in Confucius Classrooms.
The Confucius Institute Headquarters, which is based in Beijing, said the program wa雅博体育app下载夜生活女神会所
s established in the spirit of mutual respect, friendly consultation, equality and reciprocity. It also said the co
operation involved was open and transparent and adhered to laws and regulations.