Over half of mixed-race kids learn Chinese as 2nd language

Mrs Honey Tan-Vreugdewater, 47, and her Dutch-Indonesian husband John Vreugdewater, 57, went with Chinese as a second language for their children Russell, 23, and Charlotte, 10. ST PHOTO: MARK CHEONG
Mrs Honey Tan-Vreugdewater, 47, and her Dutch-Indonesian husband John Vreugdewater, 57, went with Chinese as a second language for their children Russell, 23, and Charlotte, 10. ST PHOTO: MARK CHEONG

About 87% of mixed-race kids studied Malay, Chinese or Tamil over last 5 years, says MOE

More than half of the children from married mixed-race couples are choosing to learn Chinese as their mother tongue in local schools, according to fresh data from the Ministry of Education (MOE).

It showed that over the last five years, about 87 per cent of children from mixed-race marriages studied one of three main mother tongue languages - Chinese, Malay or Tamil.

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A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on October 25, 2019, with the headline 'Over half of mixed-race kids learn Chinese as 2nd language'. Print Edition | Subscribe