The minister for Eastern Region, Mr Eric Kwakye Darfour has made an unconventional request to schools to stop preventing students from speaking their local languages.
Although the formal and first language of Ghana is English, the regional minister believes the prohibition in most schools prevent students from learning and appreciating their Ghanaian origins.
He said, “it is not to say that, it is not good to speak other languages, but it is more convenient to be able to write, read and express one’s self fluently, as a result of which one can communicate in any other language excellently.”
Mr Kwakye Darfour made the statements during the Nyasapo Festival organised by the Eastern regional branch of the Centre for National Culture.
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The festival themed “Ghana at 60: Exhibiting togetherness in our collective identity through the local language” sought to bring together students and pupils from different schools in the region to imbibe in them the ideals and affluent nature of the Ghanaian language.