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South Sudan’s Parliament wants MPs to take English classes as soon as possible.



The South Sudan Reconstituted Transitional National Legislative Assembly calls on members of parliament (MPs) to take English Language courses to improve their speaking and reading skills in Queen’s language.

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Speaking at an event last week, the Second Deputy Speaker for Administration and Finance at the Reconstituted Transitional National Legislative Assembly, Awerial Aluong, challenged her fellow lawmakers to enroll in English Language courses to improve their literacy.

According to Hon. Awerial, some of the parliamentarians are facing difficulties in participating in deliberations which are usually done in English as the official language in the assembly.

While some members of the public are asking the parliament to use translation software to help them express themselves, others say it is essential for members of the house to be fluent in English language for them to understand and enact bills for the betterment of the country.

According to those who speak well in English, some of their colleagues become a big embracement to themselves and the parliament when they can’t express themselves well both in English and Arabic

He has done well. Some of them are embarrassing themselves and the country,”one of the commentators said.

In response to Deputy Speaker’s demands, some MPs are resisting the call to take English courses saying as long as those who are not fluent in the national language can express themselves in their dialects, they can be interpreted to pass across their arguments.

The deputy speaker must be new in that parliament, the conduct of business allows any member to communicate in any language that they know better as long as they take permission from the speaker, then the speaker will ask for translation. It is not a law that they have to use English,” argues another MP, who refused to be identified due to fear of reprisal.

The lawmaker argues that  it might be important for MPs to communicate in English but that will only be important when the lawmakers need to interact with foreigners especially outside the country.



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