Researchers have been calling for the extension of mother-tongue instruction beyond the current status quo in South African schools, but parents seem to prefer an even earlier transition to English.
The fact that teachers in Uganda's rural schools weren't trained in the local language means they can't teach children in their mother tongue and this leads to poor literacy acquisition.
On International Mother Language Day, Canadians can celebrate multilingual heritage by recognizing flexible uses of languages.
Uganda's English language policy is at odds with the situation on the ground in the country's rural schools.
South African parents want their children be taught in English despite the fact that research shows that academic progress is hindered if a child is taught in a language they aren't proficient in.
The ability of multilingual children to learn and advance academically from pre-primary has little to do with their English proficiency.
Research shows that mother tongue teaching is the most ideal tool for early child education.
Children need more than school resources and qualified teachers to attain academic success.