“We all know that the education sector is the biggest employer in Algeria. All disciplines except English are saturated. English will be taught in primary schools this year, so I chose to study it at university.
Othman Hamna, director of education for the province of Sétif in eastern Algeria, told Al-Fanar Media that the education directorates of 58 Algerian states have started receiving applications for posts. teacher of English in primary schools on August 2.
The recent rulings appear to have prompted some recent high school graduates to put English at the top of their list of subjects they want to study at university.
Bahia Kars, guidance counselor at Abderrahmane Mira University in Béjaïa, eastern Algeria, said 56% of new high school graduates from her university wanted to study English.
Saida Saklili, a recent high school graduate, said she chose to study English without hesitation. “At least it will be the gateway to employment in the education sector over the next five years,” she said.
Fouad Rajeh, another new high school graduate, also chose to study English.
“We all know that the education sector is the biggest employer in Algeria,” he told Al-Fanar Media. “All disciplines, apart from English, are saturated. English will be taught in primary schools this year, so I chose to study it at university.
A cautious reception and concerns
A spokesperson for Algeria’s National Secondary School Council said the council welcomed the decision to make English a general subject in the teaching curriculum, as it is the language of science , development and technology, and the first language in the world.
The success of the change, however, will depend on the National Education Ministry meeting certain conditions, said Faouaz Mazkour, the council’s media officer.