Ghana is set to use French as a second language, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Regional Integration has said.
According to the sector Minister, Shirley Ayorkor Botchwey, Ghana’s education sector will be reformed to inculcate the learning of French.
This, she said, will be done through the promotion of the learning of French in basic schools and across all other levels of learning.
Mrs. Ayorkor Botchwey called for more participation and support, pointing to the inadequate number of French teachers in the country.
The Minister made the statement during the opening session of the 2019 La Francophonie week held in Accra.
Ghana signed the Linguistic Pact with La Francophonie for improved technical support and capacity building for the teaching and learning of French in 2018.
The Minister believes making French a second language in Ghana would go a long way to improve regional integration.
“We believe that the extensive teaching and learning of French will inure to the benefit of Ghana as we are bordered by three Francophone countries; namely, Togo, Burkina Faso and La Cote d’Ivoire,” she said.
She stressed that it is President Akufo-Addo’s desire that Ghana becomes a full Member of La Francophonie.
"To that end, the President has appointed a Senior Presidential Staffer and French scholar, Dr Stephen Adawen Syme, as the Focal Person for the coordination of La Francophonie activities in Ghana to ensure a seamless transition,” Mrs. Ayorkor Botchwey added.
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