The Emir of Kano, Muhammad Sanusi II has called on the Federal Government to institute a policy that allows the use of local languages to teach in Nigerian schools.
The Emir made this call during the two-day Northern Nigeria Traditional Leaders Conference on Out-of-School Children in Kaduna on Wednesday, October 10, 2018.
Speaking during the conference, Sanusi noted that the use of English Language in teaching has contributed to low educational development in the country adding the national policy on education that allows the English language as a means of communication in classrooms is defective and responsible for low assimilation among students.
He said; “English as a language yes, but English as the only medium of teaching and learning is wrong and unproductive. You don’t need the English language to be a doctor, you don’t need it to be an engineer or anything one wants to be,”
Sanusi also stressed that teaching with mother tongue go a long way in improving the rate of assimilation and make teaching and learning interesting and more productive.
He also figured out the lack of commitment to improving the quality of education by all levels of governments had manifested over the years in the paltry budgetary allocation made to education by all levels of government.
According to him, only thirty per cent of the 2018 federal budgets were allocated to education against the recommended 26 per cent.
The conference was organized by the Federal Ministry of Education, Universal Basic Education Commission, National Commission for Mass Education and Sultan Foundation for Peace and Development in collaboration with UNICEF.