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Public sector primary schools

Is EYL taught as an official part of the curriculum in public sector primary schools? It is not widespread
When was it introduced? Not stated
At what age do students begin EYL? 11 (at secondary school)
Have any significant changes in teaching EYL taken place since 1980? Yes. There is now some progress for students in primary schools.
Is there any widespread teaching of English before the official starting age for compulsory EYL? There is some, in upper primary
How many hours a week/school year are officially allocated for EYL? 3 x 45 minutes per week
How many EYL teachers and students are there in the public education system? 154,543 teachers
4,101,135 students
Who does the EYL teaching? The class teacher (100%)
Who is eligible to teach EYL in the public education system? Not stated
Nationwide are schools able to recruit enough EYL teachers? Not stated
What official guidelines exist for EYL teaching? There is a general description of aims for EYL but no specific advice about content
Do EYL teaching materials have to be approved? Teachers may choose any published materials, provided that they are within the school budget.
What materials are typically used? • Original materials devised by the teachers themselves
• Materials adapted from published sources
• International coursebooks
• Locally produced coursebooks
What other foreign languages are taught at primary level? None
Are any changes in the provision of EYL planned or anticipated? There is a project to make English a compulsory subject

Private sector primary schools

Is there a significant number of these schools? Yes
What percentage of primary age children attends them? 80%
What differences in EYL provision exist from public sector primary schools? Not stated
What materials do they use for EYL? Not stated

Private language schools

Is there a significant number of these schools? Yes
How many Young Learners take private language school classes? 10%
How many hours of English do they typically offer? Not stated
Is there any perceived conflict between public school and private language school provision in EYL? Not stated
What materials do they use for EYL? Not stated

Private tuition for Young Learners

Is there private tuition for primary age children? No

Date information collected: 1999

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