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Table 1 English and English education in policy: A chronological summary

From: Language wars: English education policy and practice in Bangladesh

Education policies and commission reports The position of English and English education
1974 Bangladesh Education Commission English given priority as foreign language, to be taught from Class 6
General emphasis on English language
1976 English Teaching Taskforce Commission English to be taught either in Class 3 or Class 6, subject to availability of English teachers
1988 Bangladesh National Education Commission Grade 3 suggested as recommended starting point for English education
Grade 6 suggested as uniform starting point for English education
1991 National Curriculum Committee English education introduced in Class 3
English introduced as compulsory subject in Class 1 (1992)
2000 National Education Policy English set as medium of instruction for kindergartens
Curriculum and all text material used in kindergarten translated into English
Introduction of English as extra subject from Class 1 and 2 and as compulsory subject from Class 3
Along with Bengali, English could be medium of instruction from the secondary level (Class 7)
Emphasis on English as medium of instruction at the tertiary level
2003 National Education Commission Reemphasis on English learning from the primary level
One objective of primary education to acquaint learners to English language skills as a foreign language
Emphasis on rebuilding overall English curriculum
Emphasis on organising foreign training for trainers of PTI and NAPE and local training for all secondary school teachers to improve English education
Emphasis on introducing a six-month English language course at the tertiary level
2010 National Education Policy English recognised as essential tool to building knowledge-based society
Emphasis on English writing and speaking from the very beginning of primary education
English to be set as compulsory subject adopted in all streams from the secondary level
English as medium of instruction could be introduced from the secondary level
Emphasis on appointing adequate number of English teachers at secondary level
English to be a compulsory subject in all colleges and universities
English (along with Bengali) to be the mediums of instruction at the tertiary level
Emphasis on the need to translate books written in English to Bengali