The government of the Autonomous City of Buenos Aires presented six bilingual public schools
The government of the Autonomous City of Buenos Aires (CABA) presented six bilingual schools, the first to be publicly managed in the history of this district.
These are full-time educational establishments, which included the language in the curriculum, but as an additional subject. Since this year, specific subjects are taught in English.
For next year they plan to add other institutions with this modality. Thus, the public policy put in place in 2009 will be deepened so that all pupils take compulsory English from the first year.
“We want the boys to know that they are not alone. It doesn’t matter to us if they learn or don’t learn. That is why we have this commitment to add all the hours of lessons possible, taking the opportunity to incorporate content that will serve them for their future,” said the Head of Government CABA, Horace Rodriguez Larreta. And he added: “One of these contents is English, which is today a very necessary tool for the world of work. Mastering a language opens doors, gives opportunities, allows access to other knowledge and professional alternatives”.
The CABA government added 13 hours of weekly English instruction to the curriculum; eight relate to language teaching and the other five to specific subjects. In this way, learning is linked to other areas of knowledge. Thus, from the first year, students will study Social Sciences, Arts and The musicAmong others.
At the same time, authorities from the Department of Education of the government of Buenos Aires announced that they would turn each free hour into a new instance of learning for the more than 97,000 students in 152 public secondary schools. In these spaces, students will take English and math lessons, delivered virtually.
This year’s school year started at CABA on Monday, ahead of the initial and primary grades. Secondary students will do it on Tuesday next week. In total, they will have 192 days of face-to-face lessons, 12 more than those indicated in the compulsory calendar.