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China's Policy on Tibetan Language in Tibet བོད་སྐད།


A recent case of forcible prevention of candidates from using Tibetan language as a medium in examinations in Tibet has clearly exposed the Chinese government's policy of enforcing the use of Chinese language in order to marginalise the traditional language of Tibetans and the denial of equal rights to nationalities in Tibet, sources in Tibet said.

Around 100 college graduates, which includes many Tibetan students, were barred from writing their papers in Tibetan language during an entrance exam for the recruitment of teachers for high and middle schools in Mangra County in Tsolho Tibet Autonomous Prefecture on 14 July. Later on 16 July, a teacher recruitment exam was conducted at a primary school in Mangra county.

The candidates were allowed to write their papers in Tibetan after the strong protests by college graduates against the prevention of Tibetan language during the entrance test. Nearly 100 candidates sat in the exam out of which 20 were selected. Nevertheless, such incidents add to the growing concerns among the Tibetan people regarding China's policy of marginalisation of Tibet's traditional language by strongly propagating the use of Chinese language.

Information for this report was provided by TibetNet.

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