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The Question of the Standard English Model in the Achievement of Universal Primary Education in Kenya

MC Njoroge
EA Nyamasyo


English and Kiswahili are the two key languages in Kenya. While Kiswahili is a
national language, English is an official language and is actually the medium of
instruction in Kenyan schools. The model of English used in Kenyan schools, even at
the primary tier is claimed to be the British standard, particularly Received
Pronunciation (RP) (Zuengler, 1982; Schmied, 1990, 1991; Kanyoro, 1991; Kioko and
Muthwii 2001a, 2001b; 2002; 2004; Kembo-Sure, 2004). RP is the prestigious dialect
that is spoken in the southern parts of Britain and it is used in the media and in the
education system.

Journal of Language, Technology and Entrepreneurship in Africa Vol. 1 (1) 2007 pp. 55-66

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