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Chinese language to be made compulsory in Ugandan curriculum

Chinese Confucius Institute at Makerere celebrated its fourth anniversary November 2018. (FILE PHOTO)

KAMPALA- The Parliament of Uganda has finally made a decision that the Chinese language is to be taught across all schools in Uganda where it will be compulsory to all students from Primary level.

While speaking at the graduation ceremony at Luyanzi College in Bweyogerere where 35 teachers from Uganda acquired skills in the Chinese language, the Minister for the Presidency Hon. Esther Mbayo Mbulakubuza revealed the secret that the parliament has decided to make Chinese a compulsory subject to be taught in schools with effect from next year.

“We have started training all Ugandans but the program has started with teachers so that these teachers after learning the language, they will go back to schools and teach the young ones. Every student is supposed to learn Chinese,” she said.

The minister added that this will help children to learn the language right from childhood and they grow up speaking it fluently.

In the past, the Minister of Education and Sports had said that schools were to start teaching foreign languages with an aim of bringing all countries in a close relationship with Uganda. Chinese is one of the languages on the list and it’s to be taught starting next term.

Mbayo said that this law of teaching foreign languages is to build a strong relationship between China and Uganda and if it is implemented, parliament will fund it.

“If Ugandans learn Chinese there will be a strong bond between the two countries and as parliament, we shall continue passing other laws that support the program. After the law becoming a bill, then parliament can do the funding.”

Students of Luyanzi College in a Chinese Kongfu. (FILE PHOTO)

Minister Mbayo added that many people miss out jobs and opportunities to work in China and with Chinese companies because of not knowing the language.

“If you don’t understand a language you miss the opportunity to work in China and with Chinese companies because when one speaks Chinese when assigning you to work on something and you fail to interpret it then you fail. Even though one is a hard-working person and fails to understand the bosses, they easily lose the job”

On the same ceremony, the ambassador of China to Uganda Zuhk Young Zheng has encouraged Ugandans who have gained skills in Chinese to use that chance and improve their way of living and tighten the relationship between Uganda and China especially in terms of business and trade. He has also promised that China is to continue cooperating with Uganda in all instances.

 

 

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