Foreign teacher program off

Why am I not surprised? (And why did the writer use “pandering”???)

MOE postpones introduction of foreign teachers

After two months of pandering, the Ministry of Education (MOE) has decided to postpone until next year the introduction of foreign English teachers into local elementary schools as the SARS outbreak disrupted the plan.
The program, originally set to start in August, will now begin in January 2004, officials at the ministry said, according to a Central Daily report.

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Because the writer’s English isn’t very good.