The Federal government has declared that students in primary schools shall be taught academic exercises in their mother tongues.
NewsOnline reports that this was contained in the new National Language Policy approved on Wednesday (today) by the Federal Executive Council chaired by President Muhammadu Buhari.
In a press briefing, the Minister of Education, Malam Adamu Adamu, disclosed that all students in primary schools, from primary one to primary six shall be learning all academic subjects in their mother tongue.
Adamu disclosed further that from Junior Secondary, English and mother tongue shall be combined as the languages of instruction. While English shall serve as the only language for academic instruction from Senior secondary students
The Minister of Education said all academic textbooks for teaching primary school pupils shall be rewritten in the indigenous languages.
“Therefore, even though the policy has officially taken effect, the FG will develop instructional materials and employ qualified teachers to fully implement it,” Adamu said.