Texto de Kerry Taylor-Leech e Agustinho Caet.
«The selection of the medium of instruction is one of the most challenging and contentious decisions facing education policymakers, since it has such far-reaching effects and implications. Controversy over the role and status of languages in the East Timorese school curriculum has dominated debates about educational quality since independence. This chapter opens with an overview of the current challenges facing education planners in Timor-Leste.
We briefly review the language situation and go on to describe the current educational policy context, identifying some recent legislative and policy initiatives which have bearing on the use of languages in education. Recently, a new policy approach has been advocated in the mother tongue-based multilingual education (MTB-MLE) policy for Timor-Leste. A national debate on this policy was launched in February 2011. Whilst we stress that at the time of writing its recommendations have not been officially endorsed by the government, MTB-MLE pilot projects will begin in a small number of pre and primary schools in 2012. We explain what is meant by MTB-MLE and discuss why it presents an exciting opportunity for educational development in Timor-Leste.»
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