Uganda: Kadaga Urges Schools to Teach Chinese Language

Students learn Mandarin at Everest College in Luwero district, Uganda.
6 February 2019

The Speaker of Parliament Rebecca Kadaga on Tuesday urged Ugandan schools to start teaching Chinese language and culture.

Ms Kadaga, who was visiting St. Michael International School, said that Ugandans should strive to learn more than one foreign language.

She said that learning the Chinese language would open up opportunities for locals to work in Chinese companies and also do business in China.

"What is stopping Ugandans from getting jobs from other countries is language problem and that's the reason why I am encouraging Ugandans to learn more languages specifically the Chinese, because we have many Chinese investors in the country who will need translators as they carry on their businesses in the country," she said.

"I am focusing on Chinese language because I know Chinese are here to offer our people jobs and people who know their language will be the first people to have those jobs and that's why even Ugandan schools should think of teaching students Chinese language as well as other languages to increase their chances of getting jobs," Kadaga added.

Starting this term, according to a program announced by the National Curriculum Development Center last year, selected secondary schools are supposed to start teaching the Chinese language.

Some private schools in the country have already started teaching Chinese.

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