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March 14, 2005

Parents For, Teachers Against Early English Education

The majority of parents want to see English introduced to the primary school curriculum, but more than 60% of teachers are against the idea. The education ministry revealed at a meeting of the Central Council for Education on Friday the results of a survey carried out last June which polled parents and teachers of 4th and 6th graders at 230 public elementary schools nationwide. While only 36.6% of teachers were in favor of making English part of the curriculum, that figure rose to 53.4% of school principals. Among parents, the figure was 70.7%. The most common reason cited by both parents and teachers in favor of the idea was that children would feel less resistance to English through exposure at an early age. Also mentioned was the belief that an early start would mean better pronunciation. The main reason given for opposition to the idea was that adding English to the curriculum would adversely affect the study of other core subjects. 22.4% of teachers said that there are too few teachers who can teach English in primary schools.

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