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Teacher shortage puts popular Mandarin program in danger, parent warns


Parents at a Vancouver elementary school are worried a shortage of qualified teachers could threaten the future of their children’s Mandarin language education.

Barbara Lee’s two children are part of the bilingual program at John Norquay Elementary School, where she says the administration has been scrambling to make sure students get their promised 50-per-cent instruction time in Mandarin.

“I think everything’s been spread too thin,” Lee said. “They say they have enough teachers, but everyone’s been spread out just to

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