MoE stops French classes at in­ter­me­di­ate level in schools

Sub­ject treated as ‘op­tional’, taught once a week

Arab Times - - LOCAL -

KUWAIT CITY, Sept 28: The Min­istry of Ed­u­ca­tion has stopped teach­ing French at the in­ter­me­di­ate level two years af­ter its in­tro­duc­tion fol­low­ing which all French teach­ers have been trans­ferred to the sec­ondary stage, re­ports Al-Qabas daily.

Ac­cord­ing to sources close to the is­sue the idea of teach­ing French at in­ter­me­di­ate level was not stud­ied prop­erly and for that rea­son the min­istry de­cided to do away with it two years af­ter run­ning it on ex­per­i­men­tal ba­sis.

Some sources ex­plained one of the rea­sons that led to its fail­ure was be­cause the sub­ject was treated as ‘op­tional’ and was taught just once a week dur­ing one pe­riod.

The sources added, if the sub­ject was made com­pul­sory for all stu­dents, they would ben­e­fit from it, but the stu­dents were not aware of its im­por­tance.

The sources said the teach­ing of the French is above the level of men­tal­ity of the in­ter­me­di­ate stu­dents, es­pe­cially since they are learn­ing an­other for­eign lan­guage, English.

This is in ad­di­tion to the mother tongue Ara­bic in which they are weak and it was essen­tial to strengthen them in Ara­bic in­stead of pos­ing bur­den of other lan­guages.

It is note­wor­thy to men­tion that French at the in­ter­me­di­ate stage was in­tro­duced by the for­mer Min­is­ter of Ed­u­ca­tion and Min­is­ter of Higher Ed­u­ca­tion Dr Badr Al-Issa in two schools in each ed­u­ca­tional zone to be ap­plied to all schools af­ter eval­u­a­tion.

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