The Chairman of the Ghana Education Service (GES) Council, Mr Michael Nsowah, has said the study of the French Language as a subject in basic schools will remain optional in Ghana.

Despite the introduction of a new curriculum for basic schools, the French Language was not included as a mandatory course even though the government has said several times that it will be considered as the second national language.

Speaking on Accra based Class FM,Mr Nsowah said, “We have been talking about making French a compulsory subject in this country for many years [but] what is lacking is that we don’t have French teachers or we don’t have enough French teachers, and as long as we don’t have enough French teachers, French will continue to be optional at the basic level,”

There was a general uproar after the Minister of Foreign Affairs and Regional Integration, Ms Shirley Ayorkor Botchwey announced that Government is is considering making French as a second language.

She reiterated plans by the government to include the promotion of the learning of French in basic schools and across all other levels of learning, as part of a general reform of Ghana’s education sector.

Ms Botchwey was addressing the opening session of the 2019 La Francophonie week in the Ghanaian capital, Accra, themed: “Say it in French...please”.