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English classes extended to Grade 6

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A teacher oversees her students’ studies. KT/Mai Vireak

The Education Ministry has decided to include English classes in the curriculum of primary schools from Grade four to six to ensure students have a foundation to continue learning at secondary school.

Minister Hang Chuon Naron issued the directive on Friday, instructing all public primary schools to allot time for English lessons for students.

“It has to be applied two times a week, for at least 40 minutes per time,” he added. The minister also instructed school directors to appoint teachers with good English knowledge to lead classes.

Van Puthy, deputy director of Chbar Ampov 1 Primary School in Phnom Penh, said his school will follow the ministry’s orders, but noted some students may struggle in the classes.

“If the students have learned English at a private school, it will be easy for them, given the level of these textbooks,” he said. “But, for children who have never gone to any private school, they will struggle with the textbooks because they are not introductory.”

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