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English soon taught as a second language in the Dominican Republic

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President Luis Abinader led the presentation of the program for learning English as a second language in public sector schools, which will be implemented starting March 24th.

The “English for a Better Life” program will begin to be taught on a “pilot” basis in ten educational centers located in the five regional axes of the Ministry of Education.

“The greatest strength we can give them is to put them on a par with other young people who have had access to a bilingual education, because learning to speak English is no longer an option, it is a necessity that makes us more competitive in a society that is increasingly demanding”, said the president when pronouncing the central words of the act held in the Las Caryatides room of the National Palace.

The program was divided into two stages, one that will seek to implement English from the basic levels, while another seeks to immediately impact students who are in fifth and sixth grade of secondary school.

This stage is projected to impact some 74,000 students across the country by the end of the 2022-2023 school year in Extended School Day centers, taught eight hours a week in the evening.

Abinader, sided by the Minister of Education, Roberto Fulcar, was excited to point out that education is the greatest investment a country can make.

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