Dokora’s ministry clarifies which grades will be taught Mathematics & Science in local languages

In an interview with The Sunday News, Permanent Secretary in the Ministry Dr Sylvia Utete-Masango clarified that Mathematics and Science in local languages will only be confined to infant classes, while junior grades going up will be taught the subjects in English language. Infant level starts from ECD (A) up to Grade Two while junior level starts from Grade Three up to Grade Seven.

Said Utete-Masango:

It is empirically proven that for one to learn other languages you must have good grounding of your own “mother tongue.”Remember Infant is ECD to Grade 2 and concepts are better learnt when taught in the language that the learner is familiar with. Thus, at this formative age emphasis should be on inculcating the basic concepts through play in line with the learning areas. Notwithstanding this, the new curriculum, among others, aims at motivating learners to cherish their Zimbabwean identity and value their heritage, history and cultural traditions and preparing them for participatory citizenship.

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2 comments on “Dokora’s ministry clarifies which grades will be taught Mathematics & Science in local languages

  1. Children have the ability to learn language at a tender age hence by trying to teach them mathematics in Shona i think its actually pulling them back to the stone age. rather you introduce spanish or french or chinese instead of shona, who in the modern day businnes world communicates in Shona??

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