Is it time for African schools to insist on the use of local languages in schools? The African Confederation Of Principals thinks so
The African Confederation of Principals (ACP) has recommended the regulation of the use of foreign language to teach and calling on African countries to insist on using a child’s mother tongue in teaching. The group said in a communique issued at the end of its three-day conference in Accra that, “The function of leadership in education is crucial. Every child has a potential no matter the child’s background. School ,therefore, determines a child’s success in life and leadership should play a pivotal role in this direction.”
The conference was on the theme: “Educating The African Child: Walking The Policy Talk”. Rapid changes in education policies, it said, tended to bring about lack of confidence in the sector and that this must be avoided as much as possible.
“Policies must,therefore, take cognisance of the inherent disadvantages in the system and ensure equity. This can lead to increased access and retention, and this will impact positively on the children within the system, as well as improve their chances of having quality life,”.
As a continental body, it said the ACP still believed that the “African Child is the future of our continent and that the ACP will do everything possible to ensure that the continent’s high schools will produce a new African child who will be very competitive in the global environment”.
The communique said there was the need to inculcate a school leader’s programme into the national educational policy of countries to ensure holistic nurturing of students to become well-rounded and contribute their quota toward the development of their countries.