Ekiti NUT Chairman, Oke Advocates Teaching with Local Languages


… says it aid effective learning


The Chairman, Nigerian Union of Teachers, Ekiti State Wing, Mr. Emmanuel Oke has joined education Managers in calling for effective use of indigenous languages in teaching in both the Primary and Secondary Schools in the country

The Number one teacher in the state made the call in Ado Ekiti, the state capital during this year International Mother Language Day with the theme, Multilingual education – a necessity to transform education”.

Mr Oke said that by using various indigenous Languages to teach and use locally available concepts for illustration would help the students to have effective understanding of the subjects

“Out of the 35 minutes of teaching a subject, it will be a welcome development if we can make use of 20 minutes to teach our students in our native language and the remaining 10 minutes we will use English language, by so doing we would have achieved the purpose of teaching in an effective way, Oke added.

He said that the leadership of the union had recommended policies that would make the use of indigenous Languages a veritable means to aid learning among students to the Government at all levels and promised to continue to give necessary advise as and when due.

Oke who urged the Federal Government to increase its funding of education attributed the high level of under-development in education sector to poverty and corruption, adding that the nation could only develop, if education is prioritised,

He also called on teachers and parents in the state to support the functional education drive of Governor Biodun Oyebanji by showing commitment to teaching and giving the children adequate parental care, while also charging the students to be upright and be focused on their studies.

Mr. Oke commended the present administration for the prompt payment of workers salaries as well as the defraying of the backlog of gratuities of the retiries, especially the teachers who had given their all for the development of the Country.

On the part of parents and caregivers, the number one teacher in the state noted that education should be seen as an investment which every parent and caregiver should give their wards.

He explained that Nigeria’s culture was gradually fading away, hence the need for parents to encourage their children to speak their various mother tongues when at home.

Some pupils who were georgeously dressed in their various traditional attires noted that the celebration has afforded them the opportunity to learnt a lot about their indigenous languages and Cultural values

It would be recalled that the 30th General Assembly of UNESCO unanimously resolved that “21st February be proclaimed International Mother Language Day throughout the world to commemorate the martyrs who sacrificed their lives in 1952.

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