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Language & education debate in Swaziland

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  • Don Osborn
    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)
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      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)?

      Don Osborn
      Bisharat.net


      SWAZILAND: ENGLISH A PASSPORT TO SUCCESS?
      http://www.ipsnews.net/africa/interna.asp?idnews=22109
      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.
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