Iran has banned English from being taught in primary schools across the country after its Supreme Leader Ali Khamenei said that teaching English will lead to Western cultural invasion.
i. Rationale cited for ban on English is that, primary education lays the groundwork for the Iranian culture among students. Thus emphasis should be laid on teaching Persian language rather than English.
ii. The ban applies to Government as well as non-government schools across Iran.
iii. Khamenei has stated that ban does not imply opposition to learning a foreign language, but opposition to promotion of a foreign culture in the country and among children, young adults and youths.
Quick Facts about Iran:
♦ Capital – Tehran
♦ Currency – Rial
♦ Current President – Hassan Rouhani
♦ Important River – Zayanderud, Karun