Chinese teachers in British classrooms are to be replaced by recruits from Taiwan in the wake of the Commons spy scandal, The Mail on Sunday has learned.
Home Secretary Suella Braverman and Security Minister Tom Tugendhat have led the charge in Cabinet to shut down the Confucius Institutes, which provide Chinese-language teachers to UK classrooms, due to unease about the extent to which the tentacles of the Chinese Communist Party could be reaching into classrooms.
Almost all British Government spending on Chinese-language teaching at schools is channelled through the 30 university-based institutes, and Confucius Classrooms, an offshoot, at almost 150 schools.
They include Wellington College in Crowthorne, Berkshire. They claim to promote Chinese culture, but critics say they are a vehicle for Beijing to spread propaganda and curtail free speech.
Critics point to educational resources used by Confucius classrooms as evidence of propaganda.
One, called Chinese Buddy, carries videos featuring a cartoon of a dancing President Xi. Another popular learning tool is Chairman’s Bao, a news service for children that includes articles about tourists enjoying trips to the region where minority Uighurs are persecuted.
An intelligence source said: ‘We must get serious about the threat we face from the Chinese Communist Party – it’s systemic, wide-ranging and unrelenting. Taiwan is our ally, and we have to support them in any way we can – their teachers would do a fine job here at our universities and schools. We don’t want agents of Chinese intelligence services in our country and we certainly don’t want them working in our education system.’
The call came as Ministers announced a crackdown on former UK Armed Forces personnel who train Chinese pilots.
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