[lg policy] Nigeria: Group makes case for use of indigenous languages

Harold Schiffman hfsclpp at GMAIL.COM
Sat Dec 3 15:23:04 UTC 2011

Group makes case for use of indigenous languages
On December 2, 2011 · In News


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
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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