Teach Nambya in Hwange schools
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.