UNLEASHING THE CREATIVE FORCE OF INDIGENOUS LANGUAGES: ARGUING A CASE FOR THE USE OF INDIGENOUS LANGUAGES IN THE LEARNER DRIVER COMPETENCY TEST OFFERED BY THE MINISTRY OF TRANSPORT AND INFRASTRUCTURAL DEVELOPMENT IN ZIMBABWE
While there are more than eleven languages mentioned in the constitution Zimbabwe, only English is used to test learner drivers’ knowledge of road rules. The study interrogates the relationship between learner driver educational levels and the number of times they write the learners test. The participants all drawn from a university community wrote the test paper more than once. The study results suggest that the lower one’s educational level is the higher the number of times they sit the test. The study also revealed that Learner drivers are driven into memorisation of answers to the specific tests offered at Inspection depots because they do not understand the questions asked. The researcher recommends that the learner drivers be given an opportunity to write the test in any one of the official languages mentioned in the Constitution of Zimbabwe.
|Keywords: Reading Competency, Learner Driver, English As A Second Language (ESL), Highway Code And Indigenous Languages|
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