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Zambia Discovers that Learning in Native Dialect is Better Than Using English

Learning in Native African Language is Better Than Learning in English PATRIOTIC Front (PF) secretary-general Wynter Kabimba says the PF government will overhaul the education system by making local languages more prominent in the curriculum and doing away with the colonial style of education. Mr Kabimba said the current education system is still steeped in colonialism and Government would put an end to that. “Our education system has a colonial hang-up…we want to change that,” he said. Mr Kabimba said this during a meeting with school managers from over 20 government schools in Mazabuka on Saturday. He said the current education system does not meet the challenges of a third-world country. “Our education system does not meet the demands of a third-world country. We are producing students who are not relevant to the needs of our country,” Mr Kabimba said. He wondered why Zambians should insist on using English as the medium of communication when the country is rich with

Students Taught in Their Native Language Rank High in Sciences and Maths. - a Research in Philippines.

Don't teach maths and science in English Students Taught in Their Native Language Rank High in Sciences and Maths. - a Research in Philippines. English may be the language of science, but students learn better and contribute more when taught in their local tongue, says  Giovanni Tapang . What language should be used to   teach science and mathematics ? It's a question that often provokes disagreement among educators in charge of implementing the standard curriculum of many non-English speaking countries. For some, it's a practical matter of meeting current employment demands with flexible education policies and teaching practices. But others feel teaching needs a clear national objective for educational development. I agree with the latter view — and consider that science and maths have to be understood in the local tongue if a country wants to   transform the subjects into real economic benefits . English for commerce, not education The poi

Children Who Learn in Their Mother Tongue Do Better in School - a Research in Mozambique.

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Children Who Learn in Their Mother Tongue Do Better in School - a Research in Mozambique. Portuguese is the language of instruction in all schools in Mozambique, although most children don’t understand it when they start school. This is now about to change.   Children in Mozambique start school without knowing Portuguese, yet they have to learn everything in Portuguese. "This makes the learning process very difficult. Everything we learn, we learn through language,” says Professor Armindo Ngunga at Eduardo Mondlane University (UEM) in Maputo, Mozambique. Results from pilot projects on mother tongue education in Mozambique show that children who are taught in their mother tongue do better in school than those who are taught in Portuguese. 40 per cent of the population speak Portuguese - hardly anyone as their mother tongue. Pressure for bilingual education Research results by Ngunga and his colleagues have contributed to recent change in Mozambique. There is an