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April 20, 2004

Students, Parents & Teachers to Have Their Say

The education ministry announced last week a plan to elicit the opinions of students, parents and teachers about the prospect of introducing English as a formal subject in elementary schools. The poll marks the first time the ministry will directly solicit the views of those most affected by such a change. Students at elementary, junior and senior high schools, their parents and teachers will be asked such questions as whether English grammar – currently taught in junior high school – should be introduced for younger students, whether primary school teachers should assess students' English achievements, and if English should be included as an entrance exam subject for middle schools.

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