Volume 4, Issue 2, December 2020, Page: 35-43
Practices, Challenges and Opportunities of Using Afan Oromo as a Medium of Instruction in Upper Primary Schools of Berbere Woreda, Bale Zone, Oromia, Ethiopia
Bezabih Wondimu, Department of Educational Planning and Management, College of Education and Behavioral Studies, Madda Walabu University, Bale Robe, Ethiopia
Tesfaye Guta, Barbere Woreeda, Oromia, Ethiopia
Received: Apr. 15, 2020;       Accepted: May 5, 2020;       Published: Sep. 10, 2020
DOI: 10.11648/j.ipa.20200402.13      View  25      Downloads  5
Abstract
The main purpose of the study was to investigate practices, challenges and opportunities of using Afan Oromo as a medium of instruction in upper primary schools of Berbere Woreda, Bale Zone, Oromia. To attain the purpose of the study, mixed research design, that put on both quantitative and qualitative research methods were employed and more specifically, concurrent triangulation mixed research design was employed. 45 teachers and 395 sample students were selected by using simple random sampling techniques respectively. Whereas, nine CRC supervisors and nine principals were selected by purposive sampling techniques. Questionnaires and interviews were used as data collection tools. Analysis of the data was done using descriptive and inferential statistics like frequency distribution (fd), percentage (%) mean (m) and t-test. The qualitative data was analyzed by narration and personal interpretation of the researcher. The finding of the study showed that; although there are the practices of using Afan Oromo as a medium of instruction, these practices are challenged by the absence of adequate reference materials and existence of negative perception of parents, students and local communities. The availability of Ethiopian Education and training policy and language policy has enormous opportunity for the use of mother tongues such as Afan Oromo as medium of instruction. So, to use Afan Oromo as medium of instruction in the upper primary school, it’s better to fulfill necessary supplies and exercise every opportunity that supports this practice. Finally, based on the findings of the study, the researcher recommended that strong collaboration among stakeholders needs to be undertaken to ensure the real practice of using Afan Oromo as medium of instruction in upper primary schools of Berbere Woreda, Bale Zone, Oromia, South East Ethiopia.
Keywords
Practices, Challenges, Opportunities, Afan Oromo, Mother Tongue
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Bezabih Wondimu, Tesfaye Guta, Practices, Challenges and Opportunities of Using Afan Oromo as a Medium of Instruction in Upper Primary Schools of Berbere Woreda, Bale Zone, Oromia, Ethiopia, International and Public Affairs. Vol. 4, No. 2, 2020, pp. 35-43. doi: 10.11648/j.ipa.20200402.13
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