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November 2016

English faces competition in Ghana

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In the run-up to of the presidential elections in the West African nation of Ghana, the president’s chief of staff pledged that senior high school students would start learning Arabic ‘at the basic level’ alongside English – Ghana’s only official language - as a subject.

In the event of president John Dramami Mahama’s re-election, said Julius Debrah, future Ghanaian school leavers could earn a certificate in Arabic with which they ‘can be employed in other Arabic countries.’ The moves follows the announcement in June that ‘local languages’, rather than English, will become the ‘sole medium of instruction’ in kindergarten and the first three years of primary, according to Ghana News.  (There are eight ‘government-sponsored languages, of which Twi and Ewe are the biggest.)

Read more on promised changes to Ghana’s languages policy


Pic courtesy: Coat of arms of the Republic of Ghana -  Wikimedia commons

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