Panel Suggests More English at Elementary Schools

A government panel on Wednesday recommended a drastic review of school subjects under the next curriculum guidelines to be implemented in stages from fiscal 2020, including the adoption of English as a regular subject for elementary school fifth- and sixth-graders.

The Central Council for Education also called for introducing activities to help third- and fourth-graders at elementary schools become familiar with English.

With English becoming a regular subject for elementary school fifth- and sixth-graders, the number of English classes for them will double from 35 to 70 per year.

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