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The Politics Of Education In The Colonial Period II: Syllabuses And Languages

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Although problems of syllabus development constitute the focus of this chapter, politics of education and the development of education in colonial times were also influenced by a number of related issues such as the introduction of the Latin script, the question as to how to come to terms with the Qurʾānic schools. The introduction of Kizungu ('European', 'White') ways and the imposition of Swahili in the Latin script torpedoed early efforts to develop government schools. Despite successes in the field of syllabus development, the DoE, Hendry, was to point out later that a major problem for the development of modern education was still the 'low state of Islamic religion and morality on the coast'. The increasing acceptance of the government school diāna syllabus meant that Islamic education was now conceived of as a part of the formal structure of the British colonial education system.

Keywords: British colonial education system; diāna syllabus; Kizungu education; Qurʾānic schools



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