Two Ghanaian languages to be printed on 2011 UK census forms

Two Ghanaian languages of the Akan stock, Twi and Fante will be added to the different languages that will be printed on census forms for the United Kingdom.

The UK population census to be held on March 27, 2011, will include the Twi and Fante languages for Ghanaian immigrants in that country.

According to the Telegraph a UK publication, the census form this year will be printed in 57 different languages including Twi, which is double the number in the last census conducted a decade ago.

“The languages range from Twi, spoken in southern Ghana, to Sinhala, spoken in Sri Lanka”, the Telegraph said on February 24, 2011.

A Daily Mail report of February 22, 2011 also said the Fante language will also be included.

The language translations will cost the UK government an amount of £50,000 out of the total cost of £428million, the Telegraph says.

Other African languages on the list include Ibo, spoken in Nigeria, Amharic of Ethiopia and Swahili, spoken mostly in East Africa.

The UK’s Office for National Statistics (ONS) will conduct the census in England and Wales and it will involve around 25 million households.

By Ekow Quandzie

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