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ERIC Number: EJ1071624
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2015-Jun
Pages: 15
Abstractor: As Provided
ISSN: ISSN-0033-1538
Zanzibar's Curriculum Reform: Implications for Children's Educational Rights
Babaci-Wilhite, Zehlia
Prospects: Quarterly Review of Comparative Education, v45 n2 p181-195 Jun 2015
This article explores recent developments in linguistic choices in education in Zanzibar and examines the arguments for using local languages of instruction (LoI) as a right. The article's analysis is based on a study of a curriculum change in Zanzibar in which English replaced Kiswahili as the LoI in the last two years of primary school in mathematics and science subjects. The article reviews theory and practices regarding the consequences of LoI for quality education and its implications for human rights in education. The methods included several field visits, observations in classrooms, and interviews in order to address both the reasons behind the curriculum change and its consequences. The conclusion is that expanding the use of English in primary school will reduce the quality of teaching and learning; from the perspective of a rights-based approach, this violates the educational rights of Zanzibari children.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: Primary Education; Early Childhood Education
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Language: English
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Identifiers - Location: Tanzania
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