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The language policy in South Sudan: implications for educational development

Momo, Edward Yakobo (2021) The language policy in South Sudan: implications for educational development. Education, Conflict and Civicness in South Sudan. Conflict Research Programme, London School of Economics and Political Science, London, UK.

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Abstract

South Sudan’s independence in 2011 reopened the debate about the use of indigenous languages as media of instruction at the early stages of schooling, which has intensified among African countries formerly under colonial rule. Many studies express concerns and criticisms about educational policies, specifically regarding the language of instruction. Before South Sudan gained independence, the language policy situation was more complex than today, due to numerous attempts by successive governments in the Sudan to Arabicise the educational system, leaving no room for consideration of the use of indigenous languages as media of instruction at the initial stages of education. Although there is sufficient empirical evidence in the literature which supports the use of indigenous languages as the media of instruction in the first three to four years of primary schooling, there are many vehemently opposed to this idea.

Item Type: Monograph (Report)
Official URL: https://www.lse.ac.uk/ideas/projects/conflict-rese...
Additional Information: © 2021 The Author
Divisions: LSE
Subjects: L Education > LB Theory and practice of education > LB1501 Primary Education
J Political Science > JQ Political institutions Asia
P Language and Literature > PL Languages and literatures of Eastern Asia, Africa, Oceania
Date Deposited: 09 Feb 2021 09:57
Last Modified: 04 Oct 2021 23:16
URI: http://eprints.lse.ac.uk/id/eprint/108614

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