French teachers from all over Uganda have applauded the Government of Uganda through the Ministry of Education for its tremendous efforts in promoting French language in the country.
Concluding their training on the new French curriculum by the Ministry of Education and National Curriculum Development Center, the teachers appreciated the Ministry for the new innovation in the sector.
“This new curriculum is going to help in producing more job creators than job seekers as it has been in the past. It involves activity based programs through which students will be able to think about new ways of doing things,” Donah Gabulaya, a French teacher from Kitante Hill school said.
She added that once this new curriculum is fully implemented French Language will be at a closer spoken rate like English and other common languages.
Donah also asked Government to think of revisiting the current A level curriculum to ensure that students can be able to take four subjects in their combination.
“Previously, students especially those offering sciences subjects used to offer three science subjects and then a language like French which has now changed, students no longer want to add any other subject on the first three,” she highlighted.
Phiona Kabahuma, the coordinator of French language in Mukono region reported that most students have interest in French but they are always discouraged by their parents who always consider it an expensive option.
Since February this year, the Ministry of Education and NCDC have been engaging various stake holders on better means of implementing the amended curriculum.
“We ask Government to avail us in schools with new text books on the new curriculum so that it can ease our work since most parents are reluctant to buy them for their children,” Kabahuma said.
Thomas Mbusa, the Director of Maison TV Monde Kampala, one of the hosts of the training, said that these reforms by the Ministry of Education are timely since many French speaking nations are in the process of joining the East African Federation.
In this training, officials from the National Curriculum Development Center (NCDC) taught French teachers from 260 schools on better ways of implementing the new O and A Level syllabus in Secondary schools.