FG Orders All Primary Schools To Teach Pupils With Mother Tongue
The President Muhammadu Buhari-led Federal Government has ordered that henceforth, mother tongue must be adopted as the mode of instruction in all primary schools across the country.
The mother tongue is the language a person is first introduced to as a child.
Adamu Adamu, Minister of Education, announced the new development on Wednesday while speaking with journalists at the end of the weekly meeting of the Federal Executive Council, FEC.
While making the development known to the public, Mr. Adamu explained that the Federal Government understands that implementation of the policy will be challenging considering what is required to set it in motion.
He revealed that as of today, 29 languages have become extinct, leaving the country with 625 languages.
For this reason, he disclosed that the mother tongue will be used exclusively for the first six years of education, and then combined with the English language from Junior Secondary School.