Tuesday, March 28

Use Of Mother Language Approved For Primary Schools In Nigeria

By Joseph Albert (Umunna TV)

National Language Policy for all primary schools in Nigerian has been approved.

Minister of Education, Adamu Adamu, who made this known to journalists at the end of the Federal Executive Council (FEC) meeting, presided over by President Muhammadu Buhari details will be given later by the ministry.

“One of the highlights is that the government has agreed now that henceforth, instruction in primary schools, the first six years of learning will be in the mother tongue,” Mr Adamu said.

“Theoretically, this policy starts today, but the use of mother tongue is exclusive, but we need time to develop the material, get the teachers and so on.

”Since the first six years of school should be in the mother tongue where the pupil is, the host community’s language will be used.

“Because we have 625 languages at the last count, and the objective of this policy is to promote and enhance the cultivation and use of all Nigerian languages,” he added.

He revealed that the council approved a consultancy services agreement between the Joint Admission and Matriculation Board (JAMB) and a private company for upgrading the portal on which the Board records candidates seeking admission into higher institutions of learning.

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