Government has recommended for the compulsory teaching of Kiswahili language in all schools with immediate.
The decision was approved by the Cabinet on Monday in a bid to popularize Swahili language among Ugandans.
Dr. Chris Baryomunsi, the ICT Minister said Cabinet has resolved that all schools in Uganda are required to adopt and make the teaching of Kiswahili compulsory and examinable.He was addressing a press briefing held at the Media center in Kampala.
Minister adds that the Ministry of education and sports was directed to develop comprehensive policy guidelines, strategies and requirements to ensure that all schools implement teaching of Kiswahili.
“The other issue we discussed was the 21st East African directive to adopt Kiswahili as the official language of the East African Community (EAC) the cabinet recommended that the teaching of Kiswahili language should be made compulsory and examinable,” Dr. Baryomunsi said.
He also added that the government has embarked on organizing lessons of Kiswahili for the members of parliament, members of Cabinet and the media members such as the journalist among others.
Kiswahili is the second official national language according to the Constitution of Uganda.
Currently most East African countries including Kenya, Tanzania, DRC, Sudan among others speak fluent Kiswahili unlike in Uganda where many people speak more English.