n Institute of African Studies Research Review - Attitudes towards instruction in the local language - a case study of the perspectives of the 'small' stakeholder

Supplement 9
  • ISSN : 0855-4412



While Ghanaian educational policy has prescribed local languages as media of instruction for at least the first three years of basic education, in many cases the policy is in abeyance. Attitudes to local languages and doubts about their educational value seem to account for this. The case of the Kasem language is illustrative. Until perceptions and attitudes to local languages change the benefits that can accrue to the use of the mother tongue as instructional medium will elude Ghanaians. As the negative attitudes stem from misinformation, attitudes can be changed for the better with correct information and a clearer demonstration of the educational gains that can result when pupils are taught in their own mother tongues.

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