Although currently an English speaking country, the Government of Ghana has decided to adopt French as a second official language.
Minister of Foreign Affairs Shirley Ayorkor Botchwey said at the opening session of the Francophonie Week 2019 that the education sector in Ghana would be reformed to inculcate the learning of French.
According to her, this will be done by promoting the learning of French in primary schools and at all other levels.
However, it deplored the limited learning and teaching materials, as well as the insufficient number of French teachers in the country.
“We believe that the teaching and deep learning of French will benefit Ghana because we are bordered by three French-speaking countries; namely Togo, Burkina Faso and Ivory Coast, “said the minister.
In 2018, Ghana signed the language pact with La Francophonie for improved technical support and capacity building in French language teaching and learning.
Ms. Ayorkor Botchwey said that establishing French as a second language in Ghana would go a long way towards improving regional integration, especially in Francophone neighboring countries.
She added that President Akufo-Addo aimed to give priority to the French language in Ghana by making this country a full member of the Francophonie.
Ghana is currently an associate member of La Francophonie since joining in 2006.
However, this decision does not appeal to Ghanaian rappers and Ghanaian tourism ambassador Okyeame Kwam, who has spoken out against the government’s plan to make French the second official language of the country.
According to Kwame, this decision is disrespectful of Ghana’s pride and culture.
“French as a second language is disrespectful to our pride and culture. It’s bad enough that our mother tongue is the language of another person, “he said on Twitter.