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  India - Goa

Public sector primary schools

Is EYL taught as an official part of the curriculum in public sector primary schools? Yes
When was it introduced? 1981
At what age do students begin EYL? 7/8 (Standard 3)
Have any significant changes in teaching EYL taken place since 1980? No
Is there any widespread teaching of English before the official starting age for compulsory EYL? No
How many hours a week/school year are officially allocated for EYL? 5 x 35minute periods per week
How many EYL teachers and students are there in the public education system? 2,811 teachers
98,416 students
Who does the EYL teaching? The class teacher (100%)
Who is eligible to teach EYL in the public education system? A qualified primary teacher with the in-service training programme in English
Nationwide are schools able to recruit enough EYL teachers? Yes
What official guidelines exist for EYL teaching? There is a detailed specification of content
Do EYL teaching materials have to be approved? There is only one approved book that is published specially for schools in this region. No other choice is allowed.
What materials are typically used? Locally produced coursebooks
What other foreign languages are taught at primary level? Konkani and Marathi
Are any changes in the provision of EYL planned or anticipated? None

Private sector primary schools

Is there a significant number of these schools? No, very few

Private language schools

Is there a significant number of these schools? No

Private tuition for Young Learners

Is there private tuition for primary age children? No

Date information collected: 1999

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