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Traditional rulers push to make Yoruba compulsory

17 May 2016, 08:19

Abuja - Top traditional leaders from the Western part of Nigeria are set to converge in Lagos for a meeting aimed at making the Yoruba language compulsory in schools across the country.

According to Naij, Lanre Ogunyemi, Chairman of the Committee on Education in the Lagos House of Assembly, announced the landmark meeting, confirming that it will take place on June 2.

Those expected to be in attendance include the Ooni of Ife, Oba Enitan Ogunwusi, the Awujale of Ijebuland, Sikiru Adetona and the Alake of Egbaland, Michael Adedotun Gbadebo, among others.

Despite the Yoruba language being one of the three major ethnic languages in the country, many do not engage it due to the language not being passed on.

In addition, the new introduced of Yoruba into the school syllabus is also set to create more jobs in schools.

Ogunyemi has since referred those in protest to the National Policy on Education, which makes it compulsory for pupils to learn a native language.

The Chairman has also warned that those in contravention of the rule risk having their school certificates revoked.

Read more at Naij

- News24


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