GES Government introduces Arabic as optional language

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  play Matthew Opoku Prempeh
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The Akufo-Addo administration will this year introduce Arabic as an optional language as well as history, the Finance Minister Ken Ofori Atta has disclosed.

He made the disclosure during the presentation of President Nana Akufo-Addo's first budget in Parliament on Thursday, March 2, 2017.

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According to him, the government will review the curriculum in a bid to "reform and strengthening our systems and institutions to provide a more functional education for all Ghanaians."

The "initiative to reform the curriculum during the year will re-introduce History and introduce Arabic as an optional language into our school system," he said.

In November last year, the then Chief-of-Staff Julius Debrah caused an uproar when he announced that Arabic language will be a compulsory examinable subject in 2017.

Later his statement was amended by a presidential staffer who said Mr Debrah's statement has been misconstrued.

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"The chief of staff said that government is considering making Arabic an examinable subject. An examinable subject, optional, not compulsory,” Emelia Arthur said.

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