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Several issues need to be addressed before introducing Kreol Morisien in the National Assembly, says Prime Minister

There are numerous issues that would have to be addressed before considering the introduction of the Mauritian Kreol language in the National Assembly. In the event that the language is used for official purposes, it has to be spoken, written and recorded while respecting its orthography, grammar and vocabulary, in line with the published documents, that is, Lortograf Kreol Morisien, Gramer Kreol Morisien, and Diksioner Morisien.

This reply was given by the Prime Minister, Minister of Home Affairs, External Communications and National Development Unit, Minister of Finance and Economic Development, Mr Pravind Kumar Jugnauth, at the National Assembly yesterday, to a Parliamentary Question pertaining to the introduction of the Mauritian Kreol language in the National Assembly.

The Prime Minister highlighted that it is imperative that, at all levels, the standardised written system is adopted and the proper communicative as well as social linguistic and cognitive competencies acquired. He pointed out that the teaching and learning process and training should be pursued and facilitated incrementally over a period of time so that people can develop a mastery of the language.

Prime Minister Jugnauth underscored that this is precisely what Government is doing. The teaching of Kreol language has completed its 6-year primary cycle in 2017 and a formal assessment was carried out in October 2017 in the context of the Primary School Achievement Certificate Assessment. The teaching of the language has been extended to Grade 7 as from this year and will be taught up to Grade 9 by 2020. It will be assessed at the level of the National Certificate of Education Assessment in 2020, at the end of Grade 9, he said.

The Mauritius Institute of Education has trained 27 in-service Secondary Educators in 2017 and some additional 10 Secondary Educators are currently undergoing training for the teaching of language at lower secondary level, underlined the Prime Minister. The process is being sustained and Government is providing the necessary resources for the promotion of Kreol language in schools, he added.

This stage leading to the mastery of the language, emphasised the Prime Minister, is an essential pre-requisite before consideration could be given to the introduction of the language into the National Assembly. He recalled that other arrangements, both administrative and logistics, especially appropriate IT hardware and software, will have to be put in place before contemplating the introduction of the language in the National Assembly.

Moreover, Mr Jugnauth observed that there is also the need to have a specialised software platform in Kreol which would have to be compatible with the existing digital recording voice to text platform presently being used by the National Assembly which enables the posting of the unrevised version of the Hansard of a sitting within 24 hours. In addition, the officers of the Hansard Unit of the National Assembly will have to be trained in Kreol language for the purpose of transcribing and editing the proceedings of the National Assembly.

Government will consider the introduction of the Kreol Morisien in the National Assembly once all the necessary preconditions are fully satisfied, concluded the Prime Minister.

Source: Government of Mauritius