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Iran bans English language from being taught in primary schools

Mehdi Navid-Adham, head Iran’s High Education Council, said on state television late on Saturday, January 6, that teaching English language at the primary school level is now unlawful. He said: “Teaching English in government and non-government primary schools in the official curriculum is against laws and regulations.” “This is because the assumption is that, in primary education, the groundwork for the Iranian culture of the students is laid,” he added.

The Independent reports that Navid-Adham said non-curriculum English classes may also be blocked under the new rules. Note that Persian is the official national language of Iran. Primary education in the country starts at the age of six and lasts for six years. Meanwhile, NAIJ.com gathered that a senior education official announced that the language had been banned because the Iranian culture of students is established during primary level education.

It was reported that Iran’s Islamic leaders have often issued pleas about the risks posed by a “cultural invasion” as a result of the teaching of English language at the primary school level. In 2016 Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei allegedly said teaching English language at the primary school level may cause invasion of Western culture among the children in the country. He, however, explained that banning English does not mean Iran is opposed to learning of foreign language. He said: “That does not mean opposition to learning a foreign language, but (this is the) promotion of a foreign culture in the country and among children, young adults and youths.”

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