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Public sector primary schools

Is EYL taught as an official part of the curriculum in public sector primary schools? No
Are any changes in the provision of EYL planned or anticipated? The age at which public school students begin English was reduced by 2 years in 1995/5 (from 15 to 13 years of age). There is now discussion of reducing it by one more year, i.e. to age 12, which is the beginning of secondary school.

Private sector primary schools

Is there a significant number of these schools? No, but there are some

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? There are probably informal tutor-led groups run by teachers/ inspectors of English, but it is impossible to say whether this is a widespread practice
How many Young Learners are involved?  Not known
What is the typical starting age for private tuition? Not stated
Why do parents use private tutors? Not stated

Date information collected: 1999

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