Effectiveness of the Use of Several Dialects to Instruct Lower Primary School Pupils in Matete Sub-County, Kakamega County, Kenya

Effectiveness of the Use of Several Dialects to Instruct Lower Primary School Pupils in Matete Sub-County, Kakamega County, Kenya

Author(s) by Manyasi M. Bernard
Pages 18-27
Keywords Dialects,Instruction, Lower primary, Matete, Kakamega, Kenya.
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Abstract


The purpose of this study was to investigate the effectiveness of the use of several dialects as languages of instruction in primary schools in Matete Sub-county of Kakamega County in Kenya.The study analysed how the several dialects are used in the teaching and learning process given that many dialects are used interchangeably with many pupils who have not achieved peak mother tongue development being subjected to the dialects at their young age. The findings revealed that many pupils did not effectively benefit from the instruction of teachers who used one of the dialects which was not their own. Similarly, teachers were not comfortable with the requirement that they use a local dialect in teaching. Many of them preferred that they used Swahili or English Languages. This study is significant to Kenya Institute of Curriculum Development (KICD) and the Ministry of Education (MOE) in formulating policies that could lead to a better relationship between pupils and teachers in lower primary schools in Kenya.

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