Our Akuapem Twi Is Being Corrupted – Assembly Member
From Isaac Akwetey-Okunor
([email protected]), Awugugua
The Assembly Member for Awukugua Electoral Area in the Akuapem North Municipality of the Eastern region, Mr. Kwabi Frank, popularly known in media circles as Kwaku Dawuro has accused the Ghana Education Service (GES) of distorting the Akuapem Twi language.
According to the Emak FM’s political talk Show host, by allowing the non-indigene teachers to teach Akuapem Twi in their various schools, has twisted the Akuapem language.
He explained that, these teachers are not conversant with the language, hence cannot apply it appropriately. This development, according to the Awukugua Assemblyman, has corrupted and misshaped the language.
Hon Kwabi was addressing the media on Thursday, after donating exercise books, reading books and 40 pieces of Friday wear to Awukugua Seventh Day Adventist (SDA) Junior High School.
Acknowledging a directive by the Education Minister, Prof Naana Jane Opoku-Agyemang, who has asked heads and teachers of basic schools to desist from the use of the English language as the sole medium of instruction in the classrooms, he called on the GES to have a second look at the situation.
Hon. Kwabi, therefore, urged teachers to use the local languages as medium of instruction in the classroom and gradually introduce the English language after the local language had been fully developed.
But introducing children to Asante Twi at school and speaking Akuapem twi at home confuse the children and, therefore called on the chiefs and elders of Akuapem to stand up against the posting of non Akuapem to teach the Akuapem twi in the area.