Kampala — Government is in the process of importing Chinese teachers to train Ugandan teachers in Chinese language.
The National Curriculum Development Centre has also approved the Chinese language as part of the school curriculum and “very soon” Secondary School students will be given the choice of studying Chinese as a language option.
The Ministry of Education has also announced that the government is working with the authorities in China to bring in Chinese tutors as the country prepares to teach Chinese in government Secondary Schools across the country.
Speaking at the Makerere University Confucius Institute open day on Saturday, Mr Henry Adramunguni, the foreign languages curriculum specialist at the National Curriculum Development Centre said, the centre, in conjunction with the Confucius Institute are set to import teachers from China to train Ugandan teachers to teach Chinese in government schools as a new language in the curriculum. “We are going to start teaching Chinese all over the country and 20 schools have been selected to start with,” Mr Adramunguni said.
Some of the selected schools are; Teso College Aloet, Arua Public SSS, St Catherine Girls’ SSS, Trinity College Kabale, Nyakasura School Fort Portal, and Luyanzi College Kampala.
He explained that the Chinese teachers will train more than 100 Ugandan teachers.
Mr Adramunguni also said Chinese as a new language will be included in the education curriculum, and the training of Ugandan teachers in February 2017.
The new curriculum according to Mr Adramunguni will be rolled out in the beginning of 2018 in the selected secondary schools across the country.
Prof Oswald Ndoleliire, the Director Confucius institute, said since its inception last year, so far the institute has received a good response from the public with 25 students currently studying it at degree level, 30 in 2nd year and another 30 in first year.
“We are expecting six more and another twenty for secondary schools, the government of China will pay for those teachers,” Prof Ndoleliire said.