22 Feb 2010

Chinese students to attend high school in Vanuatu as part of pilot scheme

11:40 am on 22 February 2010

One hundred Chinese students studying at one of Vanuatu's biggest high schools are being used as a pilot to test whether the scheme could work at other schools.

The students, senior students from Guangdong province, will enrol at Matevulu College in June, mainly to improve their English.

The Director General of Education, Russell Nari, says it will put some pressure on the school, but there's an understanding that new buildings will be built - paid for by the Chinese students.

And he says, the scheme could spark a change in the current curriculum

"We are in the process now of reviewing our curriculum, so we make it more locally relevant, but at the same time, it meets the global challenges we are being faced with in terms of education. So it would be an opportunity also to use this as a pilot that could be used in assessing and reviewing the current curriculum, to meet the needs of both local and international students."