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    The tenth annual congress of the West African Linguistic Society opened for a four-day session in Accra, the Ghanaian capital, on Wednesday (March 22) to discuss the use of African languages in primary education and the standardisation of language policies in various West African countries.

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    The tenth annual congress of the West African Linguistic Society opened for a four-day session in Accra, the Ghanaian capital, on Wednesday (March 22) to discuss the use of African languages in primary education and the standardisation of language policies in various West African countries.

    About 100 delegates from English and French-speaking West African countries and observers from the United States, Canada and Europe attended the congress, which was opened by Professor Alex Kwapong, the Vice-Chancellor of the University of Ghana.

    Professor Kwapong announced that the West African Examinations Council (WAEC) is now actively engaged in introducing Ghanaian and Nigerian dialects at the advanced level in the General Certificate of Education examination. He also underlined the need to overcome socio-linguistic problems -- and particularly the need to forge national unity from linguistic diversity.

    SYNOPSIS: The tenth annual congress of the West African Linguistic Society opened in Accra at the University of Ghana on Wednesday with more than a hundred delegates settling in for the four-day session. Topics discussed included examinations, language standardisation and the use of African languages in primary education.

    The Chairman of the Ghanaian Council for Higher Education, Doctor Dowuona said the development and use of a common language was a way to achieve unity and cohesiveness among people of different countries. A compromises, he said, should be reached by encouraging everyone to learn to speak one or more of his country's languages as well as his mother tongue.

    Professor Kwapong, the Vice-Chancellor of the University, announced that the West African Examinations Council is now introducing Ghanaian and Nigerian dialects at the advanced level into the General Certificate of Education examination. He, too, underlined the need to forge national unity from linguistic diversity.

    The President of the Linguistic Society, Professor Houis, also addressed the Congress, which was told that new degrees at the University of Ghana will include a single Ghanaian language and literature with social studies' disciplines.

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    Film ID:
    VLVA8RN0FS2LRC3CUBXE6LXP2HDMT
    Media URN:
    VLVA8RN0FS2LRC3CUBXE6LXP2HDMT
    Group:
    Reuters - Source to be Verified
    Archive:
    Reuters
    Issue Date:
    24/03/1972
    Sound:
    Unknown
    HD Format:
    Available on request
    Stock:
    Black & White
    Duration:
    00:01:23:00
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    N/A

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