Language of instruction in education in Africa: How new questions help generate new answers

Auteur(s) : van Pinxteren, Bert

Date: 2022

Serie: International Journal of Educational Development

Series Volume: Volume 88


This paper reviews the major arguments used over the years in favour of mother-tongue instruction in Africa. It analyses the reasons that have been given for the lack of progress made. It suggests that the current Western paradigms obstruct a view of current and expected developments in this area. It offers a new analysis, based on the evolution of enrolment rates in education. The paper argues that in the next decade or so, a transition to using African languages more at all levels of education will become unavoidable.

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