South Sudan to teach in English

CAIRO: The South Sudan government announced that it will use English as the language of instruction in its schools in an effort to improve its students ability to compete globally.

According to Information Minister Barnaba Marial Benjamin, in a recent press conference, Arabic will be supplanted by English across all schools in the infant nation.

“We will soon be teaching English for subjects like Mathematics and Science and Arabic and the same goes for all other subjects. Arabic will be taught only as a language subject,” said Information Minister Barnaba Marial Benjamin.

The move comes only months after the newest country officially broke away from its now northern neighbor Sudan, and passed the Higher and General Education Bill, which states English as the language to be taught in beginning from primary schooling.

“That’s how it used to be, until it was changed in 1989 when they declared syariah (Islamic) law in the whole country before the separation,” he said of the former British colony.

With over 60 different languages in the country, English could be the great unifier. Also, other East African countries similarly use English for instruction and the move could enable students to travel for university and increase the flow of intellectual capital.

“This will also make it easy for the syllabuses within South Sudan to fall within the context of East African syllabuses and universities,” Benjamin said.

[By Desmond Shephard — driginal:]

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