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FEC Initiates Compulsory Mother Tongue Teaching In All Primary School

The Federal Executive Council (FEC) has approved a new National Language Policy.

The Policy involves making the various mother tongues compulsory medium of instruction from Primary one to six.

While briefing the state house correspondents in Abuja, the Minister of Education, Adamu Adamu,29 languages have become extinct, leaving the country with 625 languages therefore, that the policy takes immediate effect, stating that the government is aware that its implementation will be difficult, but necessary to promote the cultivation and use of all Nigerian 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.

Adamu said even though the policy has officially taken effect, it can only be fully implemented when government develops instructional materials and qualified teachers are available and that if the mother tongue would be used in each school, it will be the dominant language spoken by the community where it is located.

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