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Ghana’s Minister of Education Jane Naana Opoku-Agyemang recently announced plans to revoke English as the primary medium for instruction throughout the nation’s entire education system.

There have been several proposals urging Ghana to eradicate English as a basic teaching device for all schools, however, concrete action only officially began to take place during the October 2015 Shared Prosperity Forum, held at the University of Ghana, where Agyemang argued the importance of teaching in native languages.

Agyemang, a former university professor and vice-chancellor of the University of Cape CoastGhanawas reported as saying she was determined to ensure Ghanaian school children would be taught in their mother tongue, according to GhanaWeb.com and other news outlets.

The Minister of Education said the reason why the educated working class has not been better able to develop Ghana is because of the insistence on English education and that reverting to instruction in our native languages will “change this country.”

Minister Agyemang buttressed her stance by illustrating recent changes in Korea. The Asian country, which used to be on par with Ghana, is now way ahead in terms of economics and development after returning to their indigenous tongues and removing English as an educational staple, she argued.

“Because the Koreans were taught in a language they understand, education picked up; because we are teaching our children a language they can’t even follow, we are drawing them back,” Agyemang reportedly said.

Ghana’s move mirrors actions in other African nations such as Gambia and Tanzania, who earlier last year announced their plans to terminate the use of former colonizers’ languages and focus on indigenous languages as the channel of instruction within their school systems.