Mon | Dec 11, 2017

Save Jamaica from Patois rubbish

Published:Tuesday | October 24, 2017 | 12:00 AM

THE EDITOR, Sir:

Mi nu really qualify fi write inna Patwa because mi nuh quite know how fi spell inna this concoction, but mi know how fi speak it.

I will now write in English, hoping that many will understand what I am trying to say.

A large number of our schoolchildren struggle with writing, reading, and speaking English.

Many speak Patwa but fail to write and read it. Many intellectuals favour the use of Patois in schools as a first language. I strongly suggest that Patwa is not a language. It is a bastardised form of the English language.

Our middle class and elite society insists that its children read, write, and speak fluent English. Our politicians are partially to blame for our slide into Patwa. Many of them slide down the English ladder and indirectly guide our population into political potholes. They spout Patwa on TV and in the public arena to the less educated.

Some time ago, I tried to read the Patwa translation of the Book of Luke. It was one of the worst books I ever read. I have been to a number of churches and never heard one pastor or priest read from the this book.

What is more disturbing is that our children are now exposed to the Patwa rubbish we have creeping into our newspapers, our radio stations, and the ignorance spewed by television hosts. Our population is on the road to creeping semi-literacy.

R. OSCAR LOFTERS

lofters1@aol.com

Kingston 8