Teachers' Perceptions on the Use of African Languages in the Curriculum: A Case Study of Schools in Kenya, East Africa
Njoroge, Martin C.
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In order to revitalize African languages and advocate for their use as media of instruction in Kenyan schools, it is important to investigate and document the teachers' attitude towards the use of these languages in teaching. The research on which this paper is based set forth to explore teachers' perceptions on the use of the mother tongue as the language of instruction in Kenya, East Africa; Six schools out of 54 public schools in the Gatundu district were randomly sampled. 32 teachers of Grades 1-3 were interviewed to find out the actual practices in their classrooms, the challenges they faced, and the perceptions they held in relation to the use of the mother tongue in their teaching. The data were qualitatively analyzed and the emergent findings support the claim that the use of learners' mother tongue is beneficial to learners. In addition, the paper discusses the findings and proposes recommendations for pedagogy.