[lg policy] Ghana: Workshop On Foreign Language Ends In Koforidua

Harold Schiffman hfsclpp at GMAIL.COM
Thu Jun 28 15:16:45 UTC 2012

Workshop On Foreign Language Ends In Koforidua
Wednesday, 27 June 2012 10:01

A three-day workshop on foreign language policy, organized by the
Ministry of Education has ended in Koforidua in the Eastern Region.
The programme, which was sponsored by the French Embassy in Ghana, was
on the theme ‘The importance of making foreign language a priority in
the development of an emerging country’.

Mr Lee Ocran, Minister for Education, in a speech read on his behalf,
said Ghanaians have since independence expressed keen interest in
learning French as second foreign language. “That is not to say that
the other foreign languages like Arabic, Spanish or Madarin, widely
spoken all over the world are less important,” he said.

Mr Ocran said the government was placing emphasis on the learning of a
second foreign language to promote technology, science, culture and a
technical know-how, adding, “these are tools of development”.
“This is the real reason why the Ministry of Education attaches so
much importance to teaching and learning of foreign languages and
therefore, wants a second look at the policy”.

Ms Benedicta Naana Biney, Director General of the Ghana Education
Service GES), has called for a review of educational policies to
enhance teaching and learning in schools.

She said the GES was appreciative of the French government’s incessant
financial, logistical and technical support towards the promotion of
teaching and learning of French language in Junior and Senior High
Schools since its introduction into the school system.

Mr Frederic Clavier, French Ambassador, in a statement read on his
behalf, said the French Embassy would continue to support the teaching
and learning of French in Ghana.


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