Public sector primary schools
|Is EYL taught
as an official part of the curriculum in public sector primary
50 years ago, in Grade 3
|At what age
do students begin EYL?
(approximately) (Grade 1)
significant changes in teaching EYL taken place since 1980?
the starting age was lowered to Grade 1 in 1992
any widespread teaching of English before the official starting
age for compulsory EYL?
hours a week/school year are officially allocated for EYL?
lesson of 45-55 minutes per day (The number of
teaching weeks in a year is not stated.)
EYL teachers and students are there in the public education system?
the EYL teaching?
class teacher (85%)
|Who is eligible
to teach EYL in the public education system?
teachers are qualified to teach all subjects,
including English, after 1 year of pre-service
are schools able to recruit enough EYL teachers?
because primary teachers are trained to teach all
guidelines exist for EYL teaching?
is a general syllabus produced by the Institute
of Curriculum Research
|Do EYL teaching
materials have to be approved?
is only one approved book published specially for
schools in each administrative district. Each
district has a mandate to produce its own
textbooks based on the general syllabus mentioned
are typically used?
published textbooks for each administrative
foreign languages are taught at primary level?
languages are now the medium of instruction for
primary schools, so if students are not L1
speakers of the regional language they have to
learn it. This applies to Amharic too - so
students who do not speak Amharic have to learn
|Are any changes
in the provision of EYL planned or anticipated?
are plans that teachers may choose any published
materials provided that they are within the
Private sector primary schools
Private tuition for Young Learners