Schools To Adopt Indigenous Languages To Teach Some Subjects
Will it work?
Minister of Science and Technology, Dr. Ogbonnaya Onu, has said plans are ongoing to ensure that primary schools in the country teach mathematics and science subjects in indigenous languages.
Onu stated this while addressing pupils of Ekulu Primary School in Enugu.
The Minister was at the school to present computer sets and other science kits donated by the Ministry of Science and Technology to the school.
The minister expressed the Federal Government's worry of low interest in mathematics and science subjects across the country, hence, leading to a call for action.
The Ministry of Science and Technology is worried over the low interest in mathematics and the science subjects, so, we are working on plans to teach mathematics and sciences in indigenous languages in primary schools.
These pupils grow up with their indigenous languages at home before they start going to school, where they are now taught in foreign languages. So, we have observed that there is a challenge to understand the foreign languages first before they could even start understanding what they are being taught.
We believe that this plan will help our students to understand mathematics and the science subjects, and also promote the application of science and technology for national development.
The minister, however, said there was a need to first develop the vocabulary of the indigenous languages before they could be used to teach the subjects effectively.
He said the Ministry of Science and Technology would collaborate with the Ministry of Education to develop the capacity of the local languages to serve as effective tools for teaching mathematics and science subjects.