(OPride) – A recent report by Ethiopia’s state-run TV Oromiyaa (TVO) on a new primary school curriculum change in the Oromia region has taken the Oromo social media by a storm. It’s now a subject of vigorous debate, as well as much confusion and discord among Oromo activists.
What We Know
– The Oromia Education Bureau introduced the new primary school curriculum three semesters ago, among other things altering the order of Qubee, the Latin alphabet that’s adopted in 1991 for writing the Oromo language.
– New books have been printed and distributed. Early grade teachers have been given training. Despite this, the sweeping changes completely and remarkably escaped public scrutiny in part because authorities unveiled it quietly in 2015 as popular protests roiled the Oromia state. While the changes were discussed during an educational symposium at Addis Ababa University in August 2015, unsurprisingly, no known local public and other stakeholder consultations were held before the changes took effect.