Arabic Soon to be Second Only to French in Francophone Schools

April 7, 2005

Source: Jewish Tribune

On April 7, 2005 the Jewish Tribune reported, "For many years, it was the norm that English was the dominant second language throughout Quebec’s primary and secondary francophone schools. But if recent school enrolment trends continue, that linguistic status will no longer be the case. English will be replaced by Arabic. And it could happen as early as next year. According to figures that were released last week by Quebec’s Ministry of Education, there has been a sharp increase over the last five years in the number of students enrolled in Quebec’s French schools whose mother tongue is Arabic. It increased from 12,731 students in 1999-2000 to 18,084 in 2004-05. On the other hand, the number of English-speaking students increased from 17,313 in 1999-2000 to only 18,649 in 2004-05."