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The Influence of Language as Medium of Teaching -learning on Learners’ Academic Achievement: A case of Nile Basin Primary School (NBPS) in Goma Town, Democratic Republic of Congo

Written by Athanase Habimana Mvukiyehe*
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Athanase Habimana Mvukiyehe*

* Senior Lecturer ISP Kinyatsi-Nyamitaba, DRC,

University of Eastern Africa, Baraton

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The paper investigated the influence of languages (national and official) on learner’s academic achievement as recommended by the new framework law of education n° 14/004 of 11thFebruary,2014.A population of 187 learners from six forms of Nile Basin Primary School (NBPS), were involved in the study, where a test in language subjects (French and Kiswahili), both respectively official and national medium of instruction at primary level in Eastern Democratic Republic of Congo, was administered and the result recorded. Using a Statistical Package of Social Scientists (SPSS), the regression analysis was applied to find out the relationships between the languages results test and the student’s summative results of the first term 2018-2019, collected through the review of school result document records.  The findings are as follows: correlations coefficients, Form1(.795), Form2 (.737), Form3 (.860), Form4 (.745) form5 (.774) and Form6 (.869). It was concluded that the masterly of the language of instruction influences positively the learner’s academic achievement. Teachers and school administrators are advised to put a great emphasis on language, as a medium of instruction.

Key words: Medium of instruction, school result, Framework law.

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