Uganda: Poor literacy, numeracy in both L1s & English
- The following excerpt from an article in the Kampala daily New Vision ("Make
Luganda, Luo And Lugbara Uganda's National Languages," by Livingstone
Walusimbi, March 7, 2005; http://allafrica.com/stories/200503071400.html ;
http://www.newvision.co.ug/ ) may be of interest. Poor student performance is
apparently related to monolingual non-first language (or if I understand
correctly, in some cases *bilingual* non-first language) instruction. The
author of the article criticizes the mandate to educate in English (official
language spoken by many but not as a first language [L1]) and Swahili
(apparently not the L1 of many, but important in neighboring Kenya and
Tanzania), but not in the indigenous languages of Uganda. (Full article was
reposted to MINEL and AfricanLanguages.) DZO
The [Ugandan] Curriculum Review Commission found out that the overall
performance levels of primary schools especially UPE pupils was very poor.
Children did not acquire adequate literacy and numeracy skills in either native
languages or in English. Failure to achieve early literacy and numeracy was the
major cause of poor performance. The serious fall in primary education
standards has been due to very poor administration of the Central Government.
There was no school supervision at all.
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