Varsity dons want government commitment on popularising Swahili

Ndejje University Vice Chancellor Prof Eriabu Lugujjo. PHOTO BY DAN WANDERA

What you need to know:

  • The 1992 government White Paper on education policy review commission report titled ‘Education For National Integration and Development’ recommended that both Kiswahili and English be compulsory subjects throughout the primary cycle in both rural and urban areas.
  • In 2003, government ordered the ministry of Education to introduce compulsory Kiswahili teaching in all lower and higher school levels in the country in order to promote it ahead of the East African integration.

KAMPALA. A section of dons from leading Ugandan universities have blamed the slow adoption of Swahili language on lack of political will, coupled with poor attitude and perception among Ugandans.
According to Prof. Abas Kiyimba, a professor of Literature at Makerere University Kampala, government policy makers and implementers have backtracked on many would be good policies including the popularisation of Swahili, whose progress he said is still very slow despite making it a compulsory subject in secondary schools.

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