Indonesian is taught widely in primary & secondary schools … however numbers are declining rapidly!
‘Indonesian as a second language slumped to the seventh most studied language in VCE, with just 588 students enrolled in 2014…despite the fact it is the third most common language taught in Victorian primary schools, with 40,688 students learning it this year.’
– Jewel Topsfield, The Age, 19 November 2014.
Rapid decline at the Primary and Secondary School levels
‘…Enrolments are also declining — by at least 10,000 primary and secondary students each year since 2001’
– Monika Winarnita, La Trobe University News, 2 February 2013.
Students cease studies before fluency is achieved
‘A high number of students discontinue before significant fluency is developed… [which] ensures that the number of Australians with high-level Indonesian language skills and understanding of Indonesian culture will remain limited.’
– Michelle Kohler & Dr Phillip Mahnken, 2010 Report.
Cultural differences affect business and trade
‘One of the reasons why perhaps we haven’t done as much business with Indonesia in terms of trade and investment is because we don’t really understand them culturally.’
– Andrew Parker, The Age, 19 November 2014.
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