Ever since the Chinese government’s offered to pay for the salaries of the teachers who would teach Mandarin, the language has been made mandatory subject in many schools in Nepal.
As per Mr Ganesh Prasad Bhattarai, information officer at the curriculum Development Centre at the government body which designs academic curriculum at the school level, only they can take the decision of making any subject compulsory and not the schools. Schools, although aware of this rule have decided to overlook it as they are getting Mndarin teachers free. Schools have confirmed that the Chinese Embassy in Kathmandu is paying the salaries of these teachers. Only stipend is being paid to them by the schools to cover their accommodation and food costs. Some schools are also of the opinion that if volunteers wish to teach Japanese and German to students they would be open to it.