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FRENCH LANGUAGE TO BE MADE COMPULSORY IN UPPER PRIMARY AND JUNIOR SECONDARY SCHOOL

The Ministry of education will soon introduce French as a compulsory subject for students in Upper Primary and Junior Secondary School as part of new educational reforms. The Minister in charge of tertiary education made this revelation at an event organised by the French embassy in collaboration with Institut Francais Ghana and Campus France Ghana.

Prof Yankah made these remarks in his address during the fifth France Ghana Higher Education and Research Conference in Accra. The event was organised by the French Embassy in Ghana, in collaboration with Institut Francais Ghana and Campus France Ghana.

This partnership is aimed at developing existing and new collaborations between the French and Ghanaian research centres; develop the joint degree and joint supervision at PhD level; and as well enhance students and researcher’s mobility.

According to him, He said that recognising Ghana’s missed opportunities in the past, the Government decided that French would soon be compulsory at Upper Primary and Junior High School (JHS). He added that at the JHS level, just about seven per cent of schools offered French, and schools that scored the highest were also areas closer to Ghana’s Francophone neighbours, Togo and Burkina Faso.

He also added that with these trends, it was not surprising that the enrollment of students in French Departments within public universities in Ghana was rather low and much worse in private universities, where lecturers were largely redundant.

Madame Anne Sophie Avè, the French Ambassador to Ghana, adding her voice said that  France provided support to university cooperation through the French Embassy and its Cultural Action and Cooperation Department.

She said they trained Ghanaian students in France offering a gateway to other European countries as France was committed to building the European Union that achieved a lot in higher education and research

Source: My Joyonline

October 21, 2019

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