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Native languages compulsory in schools


IKEJA—Lagos State House of Assembly has directed the Ministry of Education to ensure that public and private schools in the state comply with the teaching of native languages at primary and secondary schools in line with the provisions of the Basic Education Curriculum Structure.

Chairman, House Committee on Information,  Segun Olulade, who moved the motion at the plenary session, argued that languages were most powerful instruments of preserving and developing tangible and intangible cultural heritage in human civilisation.

In his submission,  Ibrahim Layode said: “The problem started from home, where most parents cannot communicate with their children in their native language, especially Yoruba.

The House, therefore, called on the Ministry of Information, Security and Strategy to join the campaign in prevention of language extinction by urging parents, particularly mothers to regularly interact with their children in their native language.


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