Under the French Mandate the school system was restructured again, with a French-language requirement.
While French is still the most important second language being taught at Lebanese schools today, it has been losing ground to English, which has become more important as a "language of status" and business.
According to statistics from the Education Ministry, 62.5 percent of all Lebanese schools offered French as a second language in the school year 1999-2000. This number decreased to 55.8 percent in 2005-2006. During the same period, schools offering English increased from 19.7 percent to 21.6 percent.
The number of schools offering both English and French has also increased. In 1999-2000 17.8 percent of the schools offered both languages; by 2005-2006 that figure had grown to 22.6 percent.
With the increased importance of English, the number of children who attend tri- and multilingual schools as well as preschools has also increased, speech therapist Wissam Chidiak tells The Daily Star.
Dima Sinno, who founded lou&lo preschool with her mother, noticed the same trend.
"Parents realize that English is getting more and more important in a globalized world (...)"
Lebanon's Daiy Star reports about the decline of French teaching and the rise of English in the Lebanese education system.