Last week the Uganda’s Ministry of Education announced the end of the primary school curriculum review in which the ministry said the curriculum will include teaching of Swahili language to students.
Yesterday Minister of Education Jessica Alupo said that Uganda will import Swahili teachers from Tanzania and Kenya to supplement on the existing teachers improve on the teaching of Swahili language in Uganda.
“We have plans to recruit Swahili language teachers so they teach Swahili in primary and secondary schools in the country,” Minister of Education, Jessica Alupo told a press conference.
“We are doing this in response to the need to integrate with other East African countries where Swahili is widely spoken.”
Alupo said the government has realised that Swahili is one of the strongest components in the process of the East African Community Federation and integration and has finalised the policy to teach Swahili in primary schools starting in 2013.
Swahili is widely spoken in Kenya and Tanzania. Rwanda and Burundi, other members of the East African Community, are also promoting the use of Swahili.
In Kenya and Tanzania more than 90 percent of the people can speak Swahili but in Uganda less than 5 percent can speak it.