Multilingualism in education in post-colonial contexts

A special focus on sub-Saharan Africa

Authored by: Feliciano Chimbutane

The Routledge Handbook of Multilingualism

Print publication date:  May  2012
Online publication date:  May  2012

Print ISBN: 9780415496476
eBook ISBN: 9780203154427
Adobe ISBN: 9781136578144


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This chapter discusses some key features of language-in-education policies that have been adopted in post-colonial countries, with a special focus on sub-Saharan Africa. Although acknowledging the diversity of policies followed by different post-colonial countries and also policy fluctuations driven by particular sociopolitical forces operating in individual countries, this study underscores some of the main characteristics shared by most of these countries. With this perspective in mind, policy aspects salient in sub-Saharan Africa are compared with those attested in some Asian countries such as Hong Kong, India, Malaysia, Pakistan and Singapore.

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