Iran reportedly bans English from elementary school curriculum

A senior Iranian education official has announced that English will be banned from the country's elementary school curriculum because it violates the law, Reuters reported on Sunday, citing local media outlets. The news of the ban comes amid the massive anti-government protests, which Iran’s leaders have blamed on external forces.
Iranian Supreme Leader Ali Khamenei Photo Credit: EPA

The head of Iran’s High Education Council has announced that English classes will be banned from elementary schools across the country, Reuters reported on Sunday, citing Iranian state television. The official, Mehdi Navid-Adham, reportedly said in an interview that such studies are against the law.

The report about the ban comes amid the massive anti-government protests that are sweeping across Iran. The protests began in late December in Mashhad, Iran’s second-largest city, and quickly spread to other major cities such as Tehran and Isfahan.

In his first response to the protests, Iranian Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei accused Iran's “enemies” of destabilizing the country and being responsible for the demonstrations. Khamenei said that the “enemy media” exaggerated the turnout of the protests, calling the reports “hollow and a lie.”

A few days earlier, Iranian President Hassan Rouhani accused the United States and Israel of being responsible for the protests, an accusation that Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu firmly denied in a short YouTube video.  

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