The Government is seriously considering introducing Spanish as an optional language in public schools.
This was revealed by the Ministry of Primary and Secondary Education after the Spanish ambassador to Zimbabwe His Excellency Santiago Gomez-Acebo made a courtesy call on Minister Evelyn Ndlovu and her deputy, Edgar Moyo.
Posting on the official Twitter page, the Ministry of Primary and Secondary Education said:
The Ambassador of Spain His Excellency Santiago Gomez-Acebo paid a courtesy call to Hon. Dr Ndlovu and her deputy Hon. Moyo to lobby for Spanish as an optional language for primary and secondary education so as to create an opportunity to do business with 700 million people.
In an interview with CITE, Director of Communications and Advocacy in the Ministry of Primary and Secondary Education, Taungana Ndoro, confirmed there was a high possibility Spanish could be adopted in public schools, as an optional language.
Ndoro conceded that for that to be achievable, Zimbabwe would need to produce teachers who can teach Spanish in public schools. Said Ndoro:
The possibility of this happening is very high. In some of our private schools, you would find that Spanish is already being offered as an optional language.
But the proposal here from the (Spain) ambassador was to request for our public and government schools to also offer Spanish as an optional language.
Obviously, it would require issues to do with teachers who are competent and teachers who are trained also in Spanish so that they may be able to teach Spanish.