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Language policy in Tibet threatens tertiary access

Nov. 14 (University World News): Recent policy plans announced by authorities in Qinghai province to downgrade the Tibetan language as a medium of instruction in schools and colleges “had broader implications for the education and employment prospects of Tibetans, with resentment building up over lack of opportunities,” said Lobsang Sangay, a senior fellow at Harvard Law School.

Job prospects for Tibetans are particularly poor because of the dominance of the Chinese language for all jobs and employer discrimination against Tibetan job-seekers even in Tibetan-speaking areas.

In Sept. 2010, several hundred Tibetan graduates at the Institute of Tibetan Traditional Medicine protested in front of the Tibet Autonomous Region Offices in Lhasa, demanding an increase in employment opportunities for Tibetans.

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