Teach Nam­bya in Hwange schools

Chronicle (Zimbabwe) - - National News -

ED­I­TOR — Hwange District is pre­dom­i­nately Nam­bya but it bog­gles the mind why some schools do not bother to in­clude the lan­guage in their cur­ricu­lum de­spite the min­is­ter of Pri­mary and Sec­ondary Ed­u­ca­tion, Dr Lazarus Dokora mak­ing a clar­ion call to have all the in­dige­nous lan­guages out­lined in the con­sti­tu­tion to be taught in the ar­eas where they are dom­i­nant.

There are schools which are dis­ad­van­tag­ing Nam­bya speak­ers in the district by snub­bing the call to have their lan­guage taught. Some schools al­legedly claim that they hate Nam­bya lan­guage as such they do not want it within their school cor­ri­dors.

Hwange res­i­dents are docile. They should stand up to the chal­lenge and make sure the lan­guage is taught in vir­tu­ally all schools in the district. As a par­ent I was dis­turbed by some schools who al­lege that pupils are not in­ter­ested in learn­ing the lan­guage.

Some au­thor­i­ties had the au­dac­ity to say that Hwange is mul­ti­lin­gual as such it is an up­hill task to teach the lan­guage.

I rep­re­sent Hwange par­ents and I want to con­tend that Beit­bridge, Binga, among other dis­tricts, are also mul­ti­lin­gual so­ci­eties but they up­hold and en­sure that their lo­cal lan­guages are taught in schools. A visit to Binga District demon­strates be­yond doubt that all schools teach Tonga whether the lan­guage is the child’s mother tongue or not.

Even the pres­i­dent of Zim­babwe speaks Nam­bya when­ever he vis­its Hwange District as a way to recog­nise and re­spect the lan­guage.

It is en­shrined in the con­sti­tu­tion that Nam­bya is one of the official lan­guages in the country. Uni­ver­si­ties are en­rolling teach­ers to train in the teach­ing of Nam­bya then why are schools are re­fus­ing to teach the lan­guage?

We are busy writ­ing lit­er­a­ture books for our Nam­bya stu­dents. We call upon the min­istry con­cerned to en­force the teach­ing of the lan­guage in the district in line with the con­sti­tu­tion.

May the lo­cal lead­ers wake up from slum­ber and vig­or­ously help in the teach­ing and learn­ing of Nam­bya in all schools.

Hats off to the Hwange Nam­bya Cul­tural As­so­ci­a­tion be­ing led by Gabriel Ncube and Petersen Chatand­a­bala Ncube, among oth­ers, for fight­ing with feet and claws like an ea­gle to en­sure that nec­es­sary teach­ing and learn­ing ma­te­ri­als are dis­trib­uted to schools.

Do some­thing about this now. Vic­tor “The Bro­ken Gas­ket”Sibanda, Vic­to­ria Falls.

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