Tanzania dumps English as its official language in schools, opts for Kiswahili

[March 8, 2015]
Tanzania is set to become the first sub-Saharan African country to use an African language as the medium of instruction throughout the schooling years.
As part of far-reaching plans to reform education, President Jakaya Kikwete’s administration announced last week that, going forward, education in Tanzania will have Kiswahili as the sole language of instruction.
 
Currently, public education in Tanzania is bilingual, as it has been since the country’s independence from the British in 1961. At primary level, students are taught in Kiswahili, with English a part of the curriculum as a language subject. At secondary school level, and all the way up to university, the learning process is reversed, with English becoming the medium of instruction.
 

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