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English language will be taught in kindergarten for the first time: Minister of education

Ahram Online , Sunday 9 Sep 2018
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Egypt's minister of education Tarek Shawky (Photo : Ahram Arabic website)
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Minister of Education Tarek Shawky said that the English language will be taught in Kindergarten for the first time, according to Al Mal.

Shawky added that the curriculums are based on four standards: teaching the child who they are, learning about the world around them and how the world works, as well as developing methods of communication and respect for others, Al Mal said.

Shawky said that the curriculum reform was done by the Curriculum Development Centre in Egypt's Ministry of Education, adding that the process was done precisely and efficiently in order to have the curriculums ready before the start of the academic year on 22 September.

English language will be taught as a separate subject, since kindergarten in all of Egypt's public schools use Arabic as the primary language in other subject fields such as science and mathematics until the first year of elementary education.

Curriculums in kindergarten and primary education will also involve English concepts.

The students will study other non-English foreign languages and begin studying science and mathematics in English beginning from the first year of elementary education, according to the minister.

Shawky said that the rationale for the new system is to ensure the student grasps Arabic and has the required base in English before involving it in the scientific subjects.  

The copyrights of the new curriculums will be owned by the ministry, contrary to the previous old system.

In the old system, the curriculums were rented through innovative competitions, and the ministry didn't have the copyrights.

2.5 million students are enrolled in the new system that is set to be implemented in the upcoming academic year, Shawky said, according to Al Mal.

The new system is now completed, and the updated books are ready for students and the ministry successfully finished  training for teachers, Al Mal said.

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