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Title:Politics in schooling: linguistic challenge to African philosophy
Author:Doyo, Guyo
Periodical:Ethiopian Journal of the Social Sciences and Humanities (ISSN 1810-4487)
Geographic term:Africa
Subjects:educational philosophy
languages of instruction
External link:https://www.ajol.info/index.php/ejossah/article/view/90012
Abstract:Post-colonial curricula taught at African Universities continue to dislocate Africans through school-related politics and a remaining sense of socio-linguistic colonialism in African education. The Euro-American legacy in African education creates an imposed definition of the people through the language that is taught in. The system teaches Africans to ignore the value of their languages which in turn pushes them to the periphery of knowledge production and true epistemic communication. It continues to teach them to hate themselves and to over-value 'foreign ideas and values' in school. Internationally recognized English language tests such as TOEFL and IELTS (International English Language Testing System) remain legitimate vehicles of the system and above all are the litmus tests for non-English intelligence. African children remain on the margins of real communication and knowledge production. Moreover, African intellectuals are contributing to this political discrimination in schools and this is nothing short of denying one's own access to the epistemic space. In this paper, the author discusses how imposed languages undermine the African people from academic and epistemic points of view. Bibliogr., notes, ref., sum. [Journal abstract]