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Pupils in lower classes to be taught in vernacular

04 March 2014, 15:44

Nairobi - The government maintained that students aged seven years and below would be taught in their home languages.

Cabinet Secretary for Education, Jacob Kaimenyi, asserted that was the official position of the government.

He was reacting to recent media reports that said that it was “impossible” for languages other than English and Swahili to be used as languages of instruction in schools.

Kaimenyi clarified that local languages that were popular in a particular area were going to be used for Class One and Class Two pupils in the rural areas only.

“The language policy that has recently been in the media reports is not new and has been in use since 1976 as recommended by the Gacathi Commission,” said Kaimenyi.

He said since the local languages would be confined to the rural areas, the urban areas would use Swahili for the lower classes.

Kaimenyi defended the move by saying that the policy has been tried and found to be effective in other third world countries, citing Singapore as an example.

“New concepts are easier to grasp what is taught in local the language,” said Kaimenyi.

– CAJ News

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