African Schools Weigh Teaching in Local Languages

Most children in sub-Saharan Africa are taught in a common colonial language instead of their mother tongue. Proponents say teaching in an international language is advantageous, but others argue that this can confuse children and affect learning. Some want local languages integrated into the standard French curriculum. In Alieu Samb primary school, in a working-class section of Dakar, second-graders are learning to read, in French.    Like most children in sub-Saharan Africa, they are taught in their country’s common colonial language rather than in their mother tongue. Linguistics professor Mbacke...

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Published By: VOA Africa - Thursday, 7 December

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