Tunisia/ 5.1 General legislation  

5.1.9 Language laws

There is no specific legislation concerning the usage of a certain language in the cultural sector, though Tunisia's official language under the Constitution of 1959 is Arabic.  The dual language (Arabic and French) is prevailing in public administration, education curricular  and cultural production until the 1990s. Later on, State policy towards emphasis of Arabic language has applied a general policy for all sectors including education and the Ministry of Culture, like all other public administration organizations which was obliged to officially communicate only in Arabic. In the education sector, though the curricular in first preschool and primary school years is in Arabic, it changes in the next levels with a half in Arabic and the other half in French.

Chapter published: 05-05-2015