Prime Minister Nabbanja Unveils Gov’t Plans to Make Swahili Compulsory at Primary Level


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The Prime Minister of Uganda, Hon. Robinah Nabbanja, revealed to the media at Hotel Africa on Friday, July 7th, 2023, that the government is fully supportive of and will fund the teaching of Kiswahili beginning in primary schools as the primary communication language for the East Africa Community (EAC) protocol.

Hon. Nabbanja, who co-hosted the East African Community (EAC) Kiswahili Language Day alongside Minister for East African Affairs Rebecca Alitwala Kadaga, opened the Swahili day.

According to Nabbanja, the government is fully supportive of subsidising the Swahili language, and the government plans to make it mandatory in primary schools in addition to the core topics taught within four years.

“Kiswahili should be taught alongside the original subjects taught at the primary leaving examination (PLE), such as English, mathematics, SST, and science,” Nabbanja remarked.

Rebbecca Alitwala Kadaga, the first Deputy Prime Minister, praised the government’s decision to popularise Swahili, saying it would develop a culture of unity among East African countries.

This is the second commemoration of Swahili Day, which aims to highlight Swahili’s significant role as a language of togetherness in the digital realm.

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