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Ugandan schools to start teaching Chinese language to boost trade

- A total of 35 schools have been selected across the country to pioneer the programme
- The decision is aimed at boosting trade band the growing friendship between China and Uganda
- A total of 35 teachers have been trained to teach the language while 100 more will be trained within the next two years
In an effort to boost trade between Uganda and the Chinese countries, the Ugandan government has selected 35 secondary schools country wide which will be teaching Chinese language.
According to the government, the decision which will roll out in 2019 was informed by not only the trade ties but to also the growing friendship between the countries.
The schools were identified and selected by the country's Ministry of Education’s National Curriculum Development Center (NCDC), Daily Nation reported.
At least 35 teacher trainers, who learned the Chinese language for the last nine months, will be posted to the institutions spread across the country's five regions.
“We have received materials such as textbooks and illustrations. We have also received some tutors from the Chinese government,” said Presidency minister Esther Mbayo s
The director of the NCDC, Grace Baguma,, said the Chinese subject will be compulsory for Senior One and Senior Two students and optional for Senior Three and other upper classes.
“We hope the schools will comply. We hope to increase the number of schools with time,” Baguma said.
To sustain the programme, Baguma said two more groups of teachers will be trained in the next two years so that the number goes to 100.
She further noted that Makerere University will introduce a bachelor’s degree course for more qualified teachers.
This brings the number of international subjects taught in Uganda to six, others being English, French, Arabic, Latin and German.
“We have been part of this cause and will continue to support it. We will introduce the master’s degree with time,” said Eria Hisali, from the College of Business and Management at Makerere.


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