Saudi Arabia mulls English language at elementary schools

At present the language taught from the fourth grade onward.

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Saudi Minister of Education Prince Khaled Al-Faisal said his ministry was seriously studying whether to introduce the teaching of English at elementary schools. At present the language is taught from the fourth grade onward.

Prince Khaled said that the ministry realized students were exhibiting deficiencies in the language.

Commenting on UNESCO estimates that global illiteracy would reach 50 percent by the end of 2015, Prince Khaled said the kingdom had overcome these estimates. The literacy rate in the kingdom stood at 60.61 percent in 2013.

This article was first published in the Saudi Gazette on Saturday, June 21, 2014.

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