Tue | Jan 26, 2021

Patois is not the problem

Published:Monday | January 13, 2020 | 12:14 AM


I really liked Dr Alfred Dawes’ tongue-in-cheek Sunday Gleaner column yesterday, ‘The Patois problem’, on the continued push for our Patois to be more formally recognised.

Forget the practicality of engaging with an English-speaking international market. Let us spend precious resources to read and write our ever-evolving heart language that we all already have mastered.

I grew up in the ’70s with poor, working-class parents. I attended government primary school, where I was taught in English and I mastered my studies.

So why formalise Patois? Something else is the problem and I think maybe it’s in the home.

Parents are needed to really and truly parent their children in conversations, manners, social responsibilities and interactions, and the basic reading, writing and arithmetic.