Mexico announces compulsory ESL in primary schools

Announcing the initiative, Minister of Public Education Aurelio Nuño Mayer said he hopes to realise his ambition that “In 10 or 20 years, the country will be bilingual”, despite concerns about a shortage of qualified English language teachers in Mexico. "English is the language through which we can all communicate; it is a tool and cornerstone for professional development and to modernise,” he said. As of next year, all state schools will be required to provide English language teaching to pupils from the age of six.