Pakistan Province Makes Learning Chinese Mandatory


Pakistani Students (Photo: UK Dept for Int'l Development/Flickr)

The western corner of South Asia is our Geo Quiz destination this time. We want you to name a province in Pakistan.

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Your main clue is that the provincial capital is Karachi. And here's another: the provincial government just decided to make Chinese language classes mandatory for school children there.

So, which Pakistani province are we talking about?

Answer: Sindh!

Officials there have decided to make Chinese language instruction mandatory in schools. The goal is to have all students there — ages 10 and up — attending Chinese classes by 2013. Haroon Rashid is senior editor of the BBC's Urdu section in Islamabad.