Fort Portal Municipality Member of Parliament Hon Alex Ruhunda has advised schools in Fort Portal municipality and Kabarole district in general to embrace the teaching of Kiswahili language in a bid to promote unity and regional integration.
Ruhunda was addressing the press in Fort Portal town where he expressed concern for Uganda’s continued loss of opportunities in the East African Common Market where Kiswahili dominates as a means of communication especially when transactions involve Kenyans, Tanzanians and Rwandese.
” It goes without saying that Emphasizing Kiswahiri in our schools will be key in solving Uganda’s language barrier hurdle which has disadvantaged Ugandans who want to tap into opportunities offered by the EC common market ” Ruhunda said
Hon Ruhunda who seats on the board of the Mountains of the Moon University further was upbeat that the university’s Kiswahili department will soon pass out teachers who will be instrumental in spreading the language to all Secondary schools in the Rwenzori region.
Joshua Kagaba the head teacher of Fort Portal SS where Kiswahili is part of the syllabus gladly welcomed the news of a new hope to increase capacity for teaching the language in the area.
“I have a reason to be excited at such news. My school has excelled in the promotion of Kiswahili and for two years now we have won inter schools Kiswahili competitions for the Rwenzori region that have been hosted by Mountains of the moon university” Kagaba said .
He however lamented the low access to Kiswahili books in Uganda especially novels and plays which he said is hampering the spread of the language in willing schools to take it on as a subject.