By JACKSON MAPAPAYI
THE National Union for Public Private Educators of Zambia (NUPPEZ) says Government plans to introduce Chinese language in schools is welcome.
NUPPEZ North Western Province coordinator Davison Kandela told the Daily Nation in an interview that Chinese was just like any other language which could be taught in schools.
Mr Kandela said the plan was welcome considering the that Zambia had attracted a lot of Chinese nationals who were conducting business.
‘’The plan is ok because Chinese language is just like any other language that is taught in schools and colleges,’’ he said.
He said the benefit that would come with the introduction of the language included elimination of communication barrier between Zambians and the Chinese. Mr Kandela however observed that Government neede to consult a number of stakeholders in the education sector and see how the programme could be implemented. He explained that there was need to design a curriculum that would be in tandem with the current need. He said currently pupils from grades one to four were using local languages as a medium of instruction which according to him had not yet been rooted despite being welcomed by most stakeholders. ‘‘So, what we need to do for now is to try and see what impact this medium of instruction in local languages from grades one to four on the learners.
‘‘Yes, the introduction of Chinese language is ok but first of all, we need to see the impact of the introduction of local languages has in schools,’’ he said.