Although no formal decision has yet been made it is clear the possibility has been discussed informally at senior level. At present, senior ACCA exams are only offered in English.
Richard Sun, PwC partner and ACCA’s Hong Kong chairman, said: ‘We may explore the idea of examining our main ACCA exam in Hong Kong in Chinese.’
‘We have similar arrangement already in place for lower level exams in Poland and Russia.’
Sun added that more people might enrol for ACCA membership if the papers were to be taken in their local language.
At the same time the Chinese government has declared a need for 600,000 new accountants in mainland China and a change in examination language may be made to ensure that the take up of ACCA qualified accountants does not flag.
However, problems for such a move may include monitoring of papers because examiners will need to be proficient in two languages.
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