FEC Approves Compulsory Mother Tongue Instruction In Primary Schools

Federal Executive Council, FEC, has approved a new National Language Policy which makes mother tongue a compulsory medium of instruction from primary one to six.

Minister of Education, Mallam Adamu Adamu, disclosed this while briefing State House correspondents at the end of the weekly FEC meeting presided over by President Muhammadu Buhari at the Council Chamber, Presidential Villa, Abuja.

The minister said the government was aware that implementation would be challenging, but noted that  for the first six years of education, mother tongue would be the only medium of instruction, noting that it would be combined with English, starting from secondary school.

Adamu said though the policy had officially taken effect, it could only be fully implemented when government developed instructional materials and qualified teachers available.

He explained that the mother tongue to be used in each school would be the dominant language spoken by the community where it is located.