Rivers to introduce teaching of indigenous languages in public schools


Lorine Emenike

The Rivers state government has commenced moves to introduce the teaching of indigenous languages in public schools in the state.

This followed the inauguration of a technical committee on modalities for the teaching of indigenous languages in public schools in the state by the Rivers state Commissioner for Education, Professor Kaniye Ebeku.

The committee members made up of five directors of the Ministry of Education and two linguists who will serve as external advisers are expected to submit reports of the committee in two weeks.

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Professor Ebeku during the inauguration charged the committee members to consider ways of implementing the teaching of indigenous languages(Local) languages in public schools with effect from the next academic session.

He stated that the Committee is expected to come up with how many languages to be taught per school, recommend how competent teachers are to be recruited and trained for effective service delivery.

The Education Commissioner further charged the Committee headed by the Director Secondary, Mrs Sokari Davies to work out modalities with reference to the law passed by Rivers State House of Assembly on indigenous languages.