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Title: Publishing for mother tongue-based bilingual education in Ghana: politics and consequences
Authors: Opoku-Amankwa, Kwasi
Edu-Buandoh, Dora F.
Brew-Hammond, Aba
Keywords: Mother tongue-based bilingual education
Medium of instruction
L1, lanKeywordsguage -in-education policy
Teaching and learning materials
Issue Date: 2015
Publisher: Language and Education
Citation: Language and Education,2015, Vol.29, No.1,1À14
Abstract: One often cited challenge to effective mother tongue-based bilingual education (MTBE) in multilingual countries like Ghana is the difficulty of developing curriculum and instructional materials in many languages. To explain this situation, factors such as shortage of writers and teachers in the local languages, lack of interest on the part of publishers in view of the wide availability of textbooks in multiple languages, as well as official support for dominant western languages, such as English, are cited. This paper discusses the veracity of these ‘challenges’, by Examining pre-andpost-independentgovernments’effortsatmaterialdevelopmentto support MTBE in Ghana. The paper notes that, while most educational policies and reforms have emphasised the importance of MTBE, there has, in fact, been no concerted attempt to design and implement a language-in-education policy incorporating the urgent need to develop curriculum materials for MTBE. The paper attributes this to the lack of political will, economic reasons and the general misconceptions about MTBE.
Description: An article published by Language and Education,2015, Vol.29, No.1,1À14, also available at http://dx.doi.org/10.1080/09500782.2014.921194
URI: http://hdl.handle.net/123456789/8310
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