The Mozambique government confirmed two weeks ago, that 90% of all Mozambican children entering school cannot speak or understand Portuguese.
Portuguese is spoken in 4 note worthy countries such as Mozambique, Angola, Brazil and Portugal, and a few small islands. In SADC Angola And Mozambique are the odd ones out.
Mozambique is also part of the Commonwealth of nations, who is English speaking old British Colonies and current Dominions.
In a world where English is the language of Money and Finance, where English is the international communication language, you would think that the Mozambique government will use this opportunity to move the country in an international market and direction.
Instead it chooses to continue to use its Colonial Masters language years later, and thus excluding the country from the world and denying the Mozambique citizens world freedom, and financial security.
Recently the people of Pemba has noticed the pain of Portuguese. All the jobs went to people from Beira, Maputo, Manica who can speak English. It went to people from Tanzania, Malawi, Zimbabwe, Swaziland and South Africa, because they could speak English and the local people not.
If Mozambique for one moment think, that the world will dance to its pipes and change everything to please them, they are so wrong and out of touch it is scary.
Now is the time for Mozambique to move to English And Portuguese Bi-lingual stage to secure the countries future in a global market.
If it does not, it will remain an insignificant poor 3rd world country.
That is why this article here under is a joke and a circus and destructive to the country.
This Government is completely out of touch with the world and reality.
Maybe its colonial master is still the Master, who knows?
The Mozambican executive wants to use the 23 national languages, along with Portuguese and sign language, to improve teaching. Academic Armindo Ngunga believes that Mozambique must “liberate itself”
since 1993 in rural areas of the provinces of Gaza in the south and Tete in the centre. And the results are positive. from the Portuguese language.
Most Mozambican children in rural areas only begin to learn Portuguese in schools, which contributes to school failure. Meanwhile, teaching using national languages is a success, because students participate actively in classes and become more motivated.
“We urgently need to get rid of [the Portuguese language]. I am not here advocating that we change the ‘chip’, I am advocating that we acquire another chip so as to be stronger and more capable than those who only have one ‘ chip ‘, says academic and researcher Armindo Ngunga.
Combating school failure
National and Portuguese languages have been taught
The idea now is to double the number of students in this process, according to the Minister of Education and Human Development, Conceição Sortane. “It should not be difficult” to conclude “that school failure for 89.2 percent of Mozambicans who enter the first class is already predetermined” if their mother language continues to be excluded from the classroom.
According to Minister Conceita Sortane, it is now necessary to train the teachers. “Our teacher training institutes have been undertaking the training of teachers who can speak or give their lesson in the local language,” she says.
Deputies “are not guilty of sleeping”
The teacher and researcher Feliciano Chimbutane evaluates the use of mother tongue positively, because students are more at ease in the classroom. In addition, ignoring local languages brings negative repercussions, as in high-level debates in parliament emphasising the academic.
“Many of those deputies who sleep in parliament are not at fault for being asleep – it’s because the language used is not the one that should be used for their contribution,” he says. “It is interesting that, for example, it is the Macua [language spoken in Nampula] that we try to use to mobilise that individual to give the vote, but from the time we have the vote, it is the Portuguese which dominates Macua.”
Another teacher, Armindo Ngunga, confirms that in rural areas where bilingualism is being implemented there have been improvements in subject assimilation. Teachers say rescuing the identity of Mozambicans is urgent.
Source: Deutsche Welle