Malawi Schools to Teach in English
A heated debate rages on in Malawi over the government’s plans to implement the new Education Act in the next school calendar (starting September 8) which calls for the use of English language as the medium of instruction for learners from standard one - the point of entry into public primary schools.
The medium of instruction for the first four classes of primary education in Malawi (standard one to four) has long been Chichewa - a widely spoken local language - and other languages familiar to both the teachers and students in the various regions.
In these classes, English has only been taught as just another subject but it has been used as a medium of instruction in other subjects from standard five upwards.
Studies have shown that students who are taught in local languages learn faster and understand new concepts better than those taught in a second language.
"It’s just like what they did to us in 1976" - My mother
Scenes from the Soweto Student Uprising (1976) and the recent Ferguson protests
RIP Michael Brown
*Photos from various sources. No copyright infringement intended.
Me when I find any posts on Southern Africa actually posted by a person of African descent.
#there are so few
#posts not just about wildlife or prince harry or madonna
E X I S T A N T I A L I S M
Basotho ladies. A new favourite blog.
Gaborone Botswana National Geographic December 1990 Photo Peter Essick
Os Detroia - Bela
Say what you want about the dance (which I love but can’t perfect for the life of me), you can’t deny the swag.
Martse - Go Deeper
…It started with the song that brought him onto the limelight; “Go Deeper”. In the song, Martse (real name Martin Nkhata) cleverly sampled out the bass guitar from Culture’s classic song titled "I Tried" into his rap song.
"Honestly, I was updating my Facebook statuses and Tweets that I will release a song called "Go Deeper" before I had even made that instrumental. I was really expecting the song to be a success but the level of success it attained even amazed me,” said Martse in an interview with Malawi News Agency.
*A current favourite.
"Tisetse Masoleng, 19, poses for a portrait in
an ethnic the Basotho outfit dress traditionally worn by recent initiates into manhood.”
Caption edited from The Telegraph. Photographer unknown (Reuters)