Abuja - A majority of Nigerians believe there has been a decline in the quality of English grammar in the country within the last decade.
This is according to findings from latest opinion polls carried out by NOIPolls in partnership with Language & Skills Development Consulting, suggesting almost 7 in 10 Nigerians (68 percent) are of the opinion comprehension of the language had decline.
Researchers stated the poll revealed that factors responsible for the decline in the quality of English grammar in Nigeria, were found to be ‘poor educational system’ particularly in education administration, and the state of infrastructure in the Nigerian educational sector.
Other top factors responsible for this decline include; ‘dearth of qualified English language teachers’, ‘cultural/environmental influence, ‘influence of mother tongue’ and the ‘influence of pidgin English’.
Furthermore, the results also revealed that the reading culture in Nigeria is relatively poor, as only 4 percent of Nigerians read a book or a piece of literary material daily.
The poll also shows that only 65 percent of Nigerians understand or communicate effectively in English.
Additionally, analysis of results indicated that 76 percent of Nigerians stated that proficiency in English Language should be a prerequisite when recruiting candidates for a job in Nigeria.
“Their opinions were that this would help improve the quality of English Language in Nigeria, by putting pressure on prospective candidates to learn the basics of the language,” NOIPOlls stated.
The poll revealed that 89 percent of Nigerians are willing to pay a fee to help improve their written and spoken English, however, for general improvement in English Language.
English language was introduced in Nigeria in the early 19th century by the British colonial administration. English language which has been rated as the world’s most popular language is a foreign language to Nigeria, and has been adopted as its national language.
The English language has played a major role as the language of political unity in the country for many decades. Ethnographically, Nigeria has up to
250 ethnic groups, and 521 recognized indigenous languages.
The opinion poll was conducted in the week of July 14. It involved telephone interviews of a random nationwide sample. 1,000 randomly selected phone-owning Nigerians aged 18 years and above, representing the six geopolitical zones in the country, were interviewed.
- CAJ News