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Schools urged on mother tongue instruction – New Vision, 30th November,2016

The assistant commissioner for primary education Dr Tony Mukasa Lusambu has warned schools against resisting teaching in local languages in early years of schooling arguing that the use of English as a method of instruction perpetuates passive learning.

Addressing head teachers and teachers from different schools in Amuru district at the weekend, Lusambu revealed that his office had received reports that schools are going against the ministry of educations policy of using mother tongue as a medium of instruction from primary one to primary three.

“When learners start school in (English), a language that is still new to them, it makes learning teacher-centered and reinforces passiveness and silence in classrooms, which in turn suppresses young learners’ potential and liberty to expresses themselves freely,” Lusambu said.
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