NDC to Make Arabic an Examinable School Subject – Chief of Staff

The Chief of Staff has said that NDC will make Arabic a core subject in schools from next year.

The National Democratic Congress (NDC) has disclosed plans of including Arabic among subjects that are taught, as well as examined in schools.

According to Citi Fm reports, this disclosure was made by the Chief of Staff, Julius Debrah. This was when he visited the Muslim Community at Nsawam Zongo, during his campaign tour of the Eastern Region.

Speaking to residents who gathered at his visit, Julius Debrah said that from 2017, the NDC will make Arabic a core subject in schools. That is, the language can then be studied, with examination written on it, just the way they do with the English Language. He explained that the plan will first be implemented in the Senior High Schools from 2017; and in 2018, it will be extended to the Junior High Schools.

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Julius Debrah also disclosed that training of teachers in Arabic has already commenced at the Wenchi College of Education. These teachers, at the end of their programme, will be posted to schools where they will be teaching the subject.

Speaking further, the Chief of Staff said that the government also have plans of establishing Islamic Senior High Schools as well as Islamic Junior Technical Schools. This according to him, will be implemented under the Islamic Education Unit. He explained that the plan is aimed at producing graduates who will be able to gain employment in other Arabic countries.

Asking his audience whom they will trust between one who gives them fish and another who shows them how to fish, he urged them to vote massively for the NDC.

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Meanwhile, it has been noted that before now, the government has been emphasizing the need to promote the local languages in schools. We can recall that earlier this year, the Minister of Education, Naana Opoku Agyeman had given out an order for the local languages to be used as the only medium of instruction in basic schools – specifically from nursery 1 to primary 3.

Since this policy has scarcely been well implemented, especially in the private schools, a high majority of Ghanaian pupils do not properly understand and read neither the English nor the local languages.