DR MATHEW Opoku-Prempeh, the Minister for Education, has affirmed the government’s commitment to make the learning and speaking of French at the basic education level compulsory.
He noted that although French is currently being offered in the junior high schools and is an option in the six programmes at the senior high schools, the results at the Basic Education level remain a challenge.
He explained that it is the government’s vision to promote the learning and speaking of French and also to equip French teacher trainees to be abreast of modern French language modules.
Dr Opoku-Prempeh stated this during a meeting with a delegation from the French Embassy in Accra, who paid a courtesy call on him.
He said the government had embraced the teaching and learning of French as the second foreign language studied in the educational institutions in addition to English, the official language, and the vernacular.
“There was the need to redefine the country’s relations with the French government to promote the speaking and learning of French at the tender age,” he added.
The Education Minister said he believes that if the country can get the teaching of French language at the basic level right, there might not be the difficulty to teach French in higher public institutions because the foundation would have been made strong.
Dr Prempeh thanked the Government and People of France for the continuous support towards Ghana’s educational improvement.
Mr Francios Pujolas, the French Ambassador, said the Ministry in 2016 signed a Memorandum of Understanding with the French Embassy for assistance to ensure the effective teaching and learning of the French Language.
Mr Pujolas said the support, which was worth 700,000 Euros, was part of his Government’s ‘Solidarity Priority Support Fund’ project, which was aimed at assisting countries to improve the teaching and learning of the French Language at the pre-tertiary and tertiary levels.
He explained that three key areas of intervention for the current support would be for the high school level, science- oriented institutions and the Mount Mary’s College of Education, which is the Regional Centre for the teaching of French instructors.
Mr Pujolas said learning the French Language would not only ensure better trade deals between businesses, but also broaden the horizon of Ghanaians in the Francophone world for healthier collaborations and partnerships.