We don’t have infrastructure to make French Second Language-Dismissed UEW Lecturer

Dismissed Principal of the School of Languages at the University of Education Winneba, Prof. Avea Nsoh, has opined that, the decision to make French our second language is not a bad idea looking at it on the surface.

He said the decision maybe good on the face of it due to the fact that, we are surrounded by neighbours who are francophone countries.

He has however explained to host of Frontline Kwabena Agyapong on Rainbow Radio 97.5Fm that, the infrastructure and learning materials to teach the language are not readily available.

The Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Regional Integration has confirmed that Ghana is set to adopt French as a second language.

Speaking at the opening session of the 2019 La Francophonie week, Foreign Affairs Minister, Shirley Ayorkor Botchwey, said Ghana’s education sector will be reformed to inculcate the learning of French.

According to her, this will be done through the promotion of the learning of French in basic schools and across all other levels.

But the lecturer says the limited learning and teaching materials, as well as the inadequate number of French teachers in the country will make it difficult.

To him, this should be a long term plan so we can put in the needed infrastructure to make the learning and teaching of French possible.

Supporting the position of award winning musician Okyeame Kwame, he said the move is a disrespect to the people and quizzed when the state will project its own ideas and identity.

He lamented the none existence of a language policy that will  give guidelines on how to develop our own Ghanaian languages.

He insisted it does matter whether we want to introduce French as a language, but rather what matters is the infrastructure to develop what our children already know in relation to our own languages.

He said, we should not behave as if we need French to survive, adding, people can learn French if they are interested in the language.

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