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Iran bans English in primary

DUBAI: Iran has banned the teaching of English in primary schools, a senior education official said, after Islamic leaders warned that early learning of the language opened the way to a Western “cultural invasion”. “Teaching English in government and non-government primary schools in the official curriculum is against laws and regulations,” Mehdi Navid-Adham, head of the state-run High Education Council, told state television late on Saturday. “This is because the assumption is that, in primary education, the groundwork for the Iranian culture of the students is laid,” Navid-Adham said, adding that non-curriculum English classes may also be blocked.

A video of the announcement of the ban was widely circulated on social media yesterday, with Iranians calling it “The filtering of English”, jokingly likening to the blocking of the popular app Telegram by the government during the unrest.

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