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Title:The importance of the mother-tongue as medium of instruction
Author:Fafunwa, A. Babs
Periodical:Nigeria Magazine
Geographic term:Nigeria
Subjects:languages of instruction
mother tongues
Abstract:Thesis: the Nigerian child should acquire skills and attitudes through his mother-tongue. Under the present primary system (of bilingual education) the result is that the child is neither proficient in the mother-tongue nor in English. A number of factors is responsible for this state of affairs: the teacher himself: absence of a sound and feasible national language policy for Nigeria, both in English and in the local language; lack of adequate teaching aids and materials both in English and in the mother-tongue. After enumerating four identifiable areas in which immediate restitution needs to be made, the author describes a long range project of the Faculty of Education: a Six-Year Primary School Project in Yoruba as a medium of instruction in the first six classes starting January 1970.