After nearly 80 years of oppressing the teaching of French, the 1960s saw a loosening of the regulation of French education. In April 1968, the Alberta government authorized the teaching of French for half of the school day. In 1976, the province allowed use of French as the teaching language for 80% of the day. From 1968 to 1982, a growing number of anglophone students sought to study in French in 27 bilingual schools of Alberta, later designated as French immersion schools. These changes in policy allowed for the teaching of language, but not of culture. Francophone students had to wait as the other students first learned the language.