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Group makes case for use of indigenous languages

By DOTUN IBIWOYE
LAGOS—The Minister of Education has been charged to fully implement the National Policy on Education to develop our indigenous languages in order to fast track its use in schools and at all levels of the society.

At a briefing in Lagos, yesterday, the chairman of D.O. Fagunwa Foundation, Mrs. Ibukunade Sijuwola said that despite the policy, English language is still frequently used in teaching in schools and in communication at all local levels.

The foundation is canvassing for indigenous languages to be used for communication at local level throughout the country to prevent their extinction.

She said: “It is not enough to just teach Yoruba as a subject in our Nursery Schools. If we want to develop, we must implement the National Policy on Education which stipulates that indigenous language should be used at the local level.”

“The implication is that we are proud of the English language but not proud of our indigenous languages. This is why we are restating and canvassing for the compulsory use of the Yoruba language as the medium of teaching in all our nursery schools both private and public”.

 


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