The senators called on the Ministry of Education to allocate more hours to Kinyarwanda lessons in schools to help preserve and promote the language.

This happened earlier this week during a presentation of the government’s activities in basic education as part of the National Transformation Strategy (NST1) in both houses of Parliament.

Among the issues raised was that the Kinyarwanda language could disappear.

Senator Emmanuel Hawugimana has called for more efforts to speak Kinyarwanda accurately, condemning those who speak and write the language incorrectly.

“I hear many people speaking Kinyarwanda incorrectly and these are educated people who should give value to Kinyarwanda and influence people to speak Kinyarwanda perfectly without mistakes. The Ministry of Education should look into this and make sure that children also learn Kinyarwanda,” he said.

Jean-Baptiste Manirakiza, director of the language center at the Independent University of Kigali, recommended that Kinyarwanda be taught not only in primary and secondary schools, but also in universities.

“There are many factors that contribute to the development of the language, for example, many people think that speaking Kinyarwanda is very cheap and uncivilized. If the mindset changes, it can develop our language and give it value,” he said.

Prime Minister Edward Ngirente said there is a need to balance all languages ​​in schools, explaining that children can continue to learn in English as it is the international language of education, but also that Kinyarwanda must be taught widely and thoroughly in schools.