Public sector primary schools
|Is EYL taught
as an official part of the curriculum in public sector primary schools?
|When was it
|At what age
do students begin EYL?
|Have any significant
changes in teaching EYL taken place since 1980?
After independence in 1971 English was not
compulsory in public schools.
|Is there any
widespread teaching of English before the official starting age
for compulsory EYL?
|How many hours
a week/school year are officially allocated for EYL?
1 and 2: 44 hours per year
Year 3 and 4: 82 hours per year (varies slightly from
district to district)
(This is delivered for 4 hours per week in 6x40minute lessons. Officially there are 30
teaching weeks per year but 20 weeks is closer to
|How many EYL
teachers and students are there in the public education system?
|Who does the
class teacher (100%)
are required to teach EYL in the public education system?
Higher School Certificate. Women: School
There is no pre-service training. All primary
school teachers are required to teach English,
though in practice few are qualified to do so.
are schools able to recruit enough EYL teachers?
The situation is being addressed by a
government-sponsored Primary Education
Development Programme (PEDP).
guidelines exist for EYL teaching?
is a fairly detailed outline of suitable content
|Do EYL teaching
materials have to be approved?
There is only one approved book, published
specially for use in Bangladeshi schools.
are typically used?
foreign languages are taught at primary level?
|Are any changes
in the provision of EYL planned or anticipated?
has been some discussion about raising the
starting age to Year 3, age 8.
Private sector primary schools
Private tuition for Young Learners