Iran Bans The Teaching Of English In Primary Schools

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The Iranian government is cracking down after a week of anti-government protests by pushing for a ban on teaching English in primary schools.

A senior Iranian education official has announced that English will be banned from the country's elementary school curriculum because it violates the law, Reuters reported on Sunday, citing local media outlets.

In a context where Iran's Revolutionary Guards blame foreign powers for triggering the recent protests, Iran is going to ban the teaching of English in primary schools because of fear of "cultural invasion".

It is seen as an important skill by many Iranians and is widely studied. English classes usually start after the age of 12 but many primary schools have included the subject in their syllabus.

'This is because the assumption is that, in primary education, the groundwork for the Iranian culture of the students is laid'. He has repeatedly said that teaching English to children from an early age could lead to "western cultural infiltration".

Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei in 2016 expressed concerns about the "teaching of the English language spreading to nursery schools". Iran's Supreme Leader reiterated that "other countries have plans for countering the spread of foreign languages ..."

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He also said that primary schools which teach English as an extra class outside of school hours were committing a "violation".

He said such developments were part of a Western idea of instilling "thought and culture to the younger generation of countries".

Iran has banned the teaching of English in primary school classrooms.

The move comes amid significant turmoil in Iran. At least 21 protesters and two security force members have been killed, and about 1,000 demonstrators have been arrested over a one-week period.

During Friday prayers in Tehran, senior cleric Ahmad Khatami blamed popular worldwide messaging apps like Instagram and Twitter for the unrest that accompanied days of protests over Iran's waning economy.

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