Language & education debate in Swaziland
- The following item from Pambazuka news may be of interest. Is this
kind of dilemma the result of lack of (in this case, or elsewhere
perhaps lacking in) bilingual teaching methodologies? Could
institution of some form of bilingual instruction end up actually
benefitting students' English as well as SiSwati (including literacy)?
SWAZILAND: ENGLISH A PASSPORT TO SUCCESS?
A heated debate is underway in Swaziland about whether children who
fail English should be forced to repeat the academic year. "The
English language requirement is a millstone around the neck of every
Swazi school child," says Agnes Khumalo, a public school teacher in
the northern Hhohho province. But, businessman Arthur Simelane
disagrees. "You can't get a good job without a knowledge of English,
or succeed in the business world without competence in the
international language," he told IPS.