The Provost of College of Education Zing, Taraba State, Mr. Mike Dio has called for the implementation of the National Policy on Education.
The National Policy on Education stipulates that pupils in primary schools in Nigeria be taught in their immediate indigenous languages for better learning.
Mr. Dio, who made the call in an interview with Voice of Nigeria, said that children from age zero to two years should be taught in their immediate indigenous languages before they are introduced to other languages.
“When a child is taught in the immediate language he or she is familiar with, it aids the child’s assimilation process better than when the child is introduced to other language at that age,” he noted.
The Provost stressed that pupils from primary one to three should be taught in languages that are predominant spoken in their community before they are gradually introduced to other languages.
“The policy makers are very intelligence to bring in this policy, because when a child is born the language he understands is his mother tongue, it could be Mumuye, or any other language then suddenly at age two the child is taken to school to learn English, there may be misfit and that’s why some children become maladjusted. So the policy makers are saying let this child go through the normal transition process, let him or her go through the junior primary school using his or her mother tongue and when they have understood things in their mother tongue then they can be introduced to other languages,” he said.
Starting from home
He called on parents and guardians to always speak and teach their children in their indigenous languages.
“Some parents don’t even speak in their own language, they think that speaking English is a sign of intelligence but is not,” he said.
Mr. Dio emphasised that when a child is forced to learn in a language he or she is not familiar with it could cause withdrawal from the child to learn.