- The Imo state government is keen on preserving the Igbo language and culture
- The government has issued a directive for the language to be compulsory in public schools
- The state commissioner of education disclosed this at a recent event
The Imo government has implemented a policy to ensure that the teaching of Igbo language is compulsory in public-owned schools in the state.
This was revealed by the state commissioner for education, Professor Viola Onwuliri.
Onwuliri, a former minister of education, made the revelation at the matriculation ceremony of the Imo state College of Nursing and Midwifery, Orlu.
She said the learning and teaching of Igbo language would be compulsory for all students in primary, secondary and tertiary institutions in the state.
She was represented by the state director of tertiary education, Basil Iwu.
She urged parents and guardians to teach their children and wards the Igbo language.
“We believe our children need to know their roots and we can encourage that by teaching them our language which is our heritage in schools,” the commissioner said.
She also urged the provost to ensure that the Igbo language was made a compulsory language at the school of nursing.
Recall that Legit.ng reported earlier that Imo state deputy governor, Hon. Gerald Irona, had earlier hinted on the plan in July.
The announcement had been hailed by many stakeholders in the state, with many saying the language was at the risk of extinction.
The move is expected to ensure that all kids in Imo are familiar and speak the Igbo language very well.
Governor Emeka Ihedioha and his deputy have taken the lead by speaking Igbo sometimes in public events.
The government says it is their own way of ensuring the Igbo language is preserved in the state.
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