Uganda has officially made Kiswahili an official language.
Uganda adopts an East African Community resolution to make Kiswahili an official language for the bloc alongside English.
The Cabinet nodded to the implementation of the 21st EAC Summit directive and recommended compulsory teaching of Kiswahili in primary and secondary schools.
“Cabinet recommended that teaching Kiswahili language in primary and secondary should be made compulsory and examinable. It was also further agreed that training programmes for Parliament, Cabinet and the media be initiated,” a statement released Tuesday on the Cabinet resolutions read.
Cabinet approved the implementation of the 21st EAC Summit directive in Uganda to adopt 𝐊𝐈𝐒𝐖𝐀𝐇𝐈𝐋𝐈 𝐀𝐒 𝐀𝐍 𝐎𝐅𝐅𝐈𝐂𝐈𝐀𝐋 𝐋𝐀𝐍𝐆𝐔𝐀𝐆𝐄 of the community. Cabinet also recommended that the teaching of Kiswahili in primary and secondary should be made compulsory. pic.twitter.com/LfBPJs2ruK
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Currently, Kiswahili is the official language of the African Union and in East Africa and parts of central and southern Africa.
About 200 million people speak Kiswahili in the world.