Date
12 December 2017
Several CDNIS governors and principals at the school  resigned recently over disputes about the board's leadership. Photo: cdnis.edu.hk
Several CDNIS governors and principals at the school resigned recently over disputes about the board's leadership. Photo: cdnis.edu.hk

CDNIS plans more Chinese language exposure for students

The Canadian International School (CDNIS) is setting up a Chinese language learning center next year to allow students to increase their exposure to Chinese culture by learning Putonghua and using simplified Chinese, the Sky Post reported Tuesday.

CDNIS principal Gregg Maloberti said teachers are busy designing and doing the programming of computer applications that will help students write Chinese characters in the proper stroke sequence.

The new center will house a Chinese library and will be home to a Chinese orchestra.

Maloberti said he is not a fan of “tiger mom”-style parenting, as it is probably effective only for families with one child. For a school with many students, that punitive method is not going to work.

The principal said he would like parents to set their sights on longer-term results, and as the society evolves, CDNIS would like to turn daydreams into innovation instead of merely creating robots out of students.

Students need to be trained to think creatively, a quality commonly seen in successful people all over the world, he said.

When asked about the lack of transparency of which the school’s board of governors has been accused, as reported recently in the media, Maloberti said the school will enhance communication.

He said it will replace the board members who recently resigned and hopes to recruit more alumni and parents of students to serve as governors.

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