Swahili is spoken by over 30 million people, chiefly in Tanzania, Kenya, Congo (Kinshasa), Burundi, and Uganda, and serves as a lingua franca for additional millions in East Africa, including Europeans, Arabs, and Indians as well as Africans. The language is also taught in some universities outside of the African continent. In Kenya, Kiswahili is both the national and official language. The contribution of this language to the political, social and economic development especially in Kenya cannot be over emphasised.
At Mount Kenya Academy Kiswahili is offered in both IGCSE and KCSE. The subject is more demanding in KCSE compared to IGCSE which is majorly translation.
In KCSE, students are expected to sit for 3 papers namely:
Paper 102/1 -Insha
Paper 102/2 –Lugha
IGCSE has only one paper-3162/1. It has 4 sections namely:
- Translation from Swahili to English
- Translation from English to Swahili
- Reading comprehension in Swahili
- A composition in Swahili
Kiswahili is a compulsory subject in KCSE while in IGCSE students have an opportunity to choose.