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NDC to make Arabic compulsory subject in schools

Senior High school students in Ghanaian will from 2017 study Arabic as a compulsory subject.

This was announced by the Chief of Staff, Julius Debrah, when he interacted with the Muslim Community at Nsawam Zongo as part of his campaign tour of the Eastern Region.

“President Mahama has agreed that from 2017 Senior High School students will study Arabic like they do in the English language and we will introduce it at the basic level in 2018 and make it examinable.”

Julius Debrah added that the Wenchi Teacher training college has started a programme to train such teachers.

“The good news is that for the first time we have a teacher training college in Wenchi that will train our Arabic teachers to be posted to other schools after completion.”

He also announced several policies to be introduced by President Mahama if given another term in office to enrich the lives of Ghanaians.

“This is not all, under the Islamic education unit, we will have Islamic Junior High Schools and Islamic Junior Technical institutions so that graduates from these schools can be employed in other Arabic countries with the certificates they would acquire. Who will you trust to deliver, is it the one who is offering you fish or the one showing you how to fish?”.

The Chief of Staff, Julius Debrah also reiterated calls for the Muslim community in particular to vote massively for the National Democratic Congress (NDC) and its candidates.

Government to strictly enforce teaching in local languages

The announcement comes on the back of moves by the Education Ministry to begin the strict enforcement of the use of local languages as the sole medium of instruction in basic schools in Ghana.

The Education Minister, Professor Naana Opoku Agyeman in June 2016 indicated that only pupils from kindergarten one to primary three will be taught mainly with the local languages.

98% of class 2 pupils can’t read English

A research conducted in Ghana in 2014 revealed that 98 percent of primary two pupils in basic schools can neither read nor understand English or any Ghanaian language properly.

This was contained in the “Early Grade Reading Assessment” report commissioned by the Ghana Education Service (GES) for primary two pupils.

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Source: citifmonline.com

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