Sunyani (B/A), Jan. 29, GNA - Mr. Eric Opoku, Deputy Brong-Ahafo Regional Minister, on Friday expressed dismay about the decline in the study of French language in Senior High Schools in the Region, observing that most of the schools had even struck it off their curricula.
Speaking at the first ever regional French awareness day celebration in Sunyani, he lauded the idea of decentralizing the celebration to the regions but expressed regret that very few schools in the region offered the subject.
He called for further decentralization of the celebration to the districts and all second cycle institutions in future.
The programme, organised by the Regional Centre for the Study of French (CREF) and sponsored by the Ghana Education Trust Fund (GET-Fund) was aimed at whipping up the interest of pupils, students and the general public in the study of the language.
The Deputy Regional Minister observed that the low level of interest in the study of French in schools might be due to the way it was taught and, therefore, stressed the need for French teachers to explore more innovative ways of motivating children to study it.
Mr. Opoku noted that the expected stronger socio-economic integration in the sub-region, particularly between Ghana and its immediate neighbouring countries, would continue to be a mirage \"if we fail to improve our study of the French language\".
He said the government acknowledged the importance of the language and could continue to introduce initiatives to encourage its study not only in schools but also at the workplace.
The French Government in collaboration with the Ghana Government has instituted a programme that is being administered by the Ghana Institute of Management and Public Administration (GIMPA) to offer opportunities to public servants to study French through the use of mobile vans.
Mr. Richard Mensah-Addai, Brong-Ahafo Regional Unit Head of CREF in a welcoming address emphasized that learning of the French language had various advantages for the individual.
He cited that economically, it made the learner either multi-lingual or bilingual, which would create wider employment and business opportunities.