Gov’t Makes Kiswahili Language Compulsory In Primary And Secondary Schools

Gov’t Makes Kiswahili Language Compulsory In Primary And Secondary Schools

By Uganda Online Media

Kampala: The government under the ministry of education and sports has made the Kiswahili language compulsory in both primary and secondary schools in the country.

This was confirmed by the ICT minister, Dr. Chris Baryomunsi saying the cabinet sitting on Monday approved the use of Kiswahili as a national language in the country.

“Cabinet approved the implementation of the 21st East Africa Community summit directive in Uganda to adopt Kiswahili as an official language of the community. Cabinet recommended that the teaching of Kiswahili language in primary and secondary schools be made compulsory and examinable,” Baryomunsi said.

According to Baryomunsi, Uganda’s constitution made Kiswahili the country’s second official language, and there is need to ensure it is widely understood and spoken by Ugandans.

“Cabinet took note that Uganda has lagged behind in terms of practising the use of Kiswahili as a national language. When you look at East African countries, Kiswahili is well-spoken and understood but in Uganda, it is not the case. We took note of the gap.”

“We took a decision that as Ugandans let us abandon attitude against Kiwashili and promote it as language in schools. The move we took is to make the teaching Kiswahili compulsory and examinable. Through that, our children and young people will be able to understand it. That is how we all speak and understand English because it is compulsory.” he added.

Baryomunsi said the cabinet also agreed that on every cabinet day there will be Kiswahili lessons, the same to parliament and the media.

“This move is meant to ensure Ugandans embrace Kiswahili as a language for communication in Uganda.”

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