[lg policy] African countries using African languages in education?

Annette Islei annetteislei at gmail.com
Wed Feb 25 13:12:28 UTC 2015


A further response from Uganda - see hidden text below

Annette


Secretary of Language in Africa SIG, British Association for Applied
Linguistics (BAAL)

Founding Member / Advisor, Centre for Action and Applied Research for
Development (CAARD) (U) Ltd., Fort-Portal, Kabarole District, Uganda.
www.caard.co.ug




On 24 February 2015 at 08:16, Hirome Tembe <tembehirome02 at gmail.com> wrote:

> Dear All,
> Dr. Banda, you are right. The elite have for a long time misled the masses
> and perpetuated the interest of the custodians of the ex-colonial
> languages. Even the native speakers of these languages know what is best
> for their children, and we help them to maintain it.
>
> In Uganda, we follow a multilingual language policy. We promote both the
> local languages, which should be used in teaching from Primary 1 - 4, while
> the ex-colonial language is also taught as a subject. The main concern, is
> that it is not enough to just use the local language only up to that level.
> There is no motivation for the learners to wish to learn more in it. The
> policy as it is, is not really committed to seeing the development of the
> languages, except for a few with ardent advocates who have pushed the
> learning in these languages beyond what the policy states.
>
> Yes, it is a good policy that TZ is pursuing, and they need our support.
>
> Juliet
>
> On Tue, Feb 24, 2015 at 1:13 AM, DENNIS BANDA <dennisnk at hotmail.com>
> wrote:
>
>>
>> Dear all,
>>  Zambia is now using 7 regional African languages as the languages of
>> Instruction from grades 1-4. The only challenge we have is that the 7 are
>> based on the zoning done at independence in 1965. There is a feeling
>> that more languages must be used other than the 7. There is also a growing
>> desire among many people that the selection criterion in colleges and
>> universities should no longer be 5 'o ' levels with English but 5
>> 'o' levels with a language and language could be English or any of the 7
>> Zambian languages. This is what is obtaining in Zimbabwe and South Africa.
>> The elite do not seem to favour this but who cares about them anyway?
>>
>> Dr. Dennis Banda
>> School of Education
>>  The University of Zambia
>> Department of language and Social Sciences
>>
>>
>> ------------------------------
>> Date: Mon, 23 Feb 2015 21:54:05 +0000
>> Subject: Re: [lg policy] African countries using African languages in
>> education?
>> From: annetteislei at gmail.com
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>>
>>
>> Please see below a question concerning use of African (non ex-colonial)
>> languages in schools as languages of instruction in any African countries.
>> The cause of the question is the new TZ policy of Kiswahili through to the
>> 5th year of secondary education
>>
>> Annette
>>
>>
>> Secretary of Language in Africa SIG, British Association for Applied
>> Linguistics (BAAL)
>>
>>
>> On 23 February 2015 at 16:18, Steve L. Sharra <Steve.Sharra at mopipi.ub.bw>
>> wrote:
>>
>> Hello all,
>>
>>
>>
>> With the new language in education policy, will Tanzania be the only
>> country in Africa using an African language as a language of instruction?
>> Would anybody know if there are other African countries that already use
>> African languages for instruction in schools at any level?
>>
>>
>>
>> Steve
>>
>>
>>
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