Education refers to making someone understand, know and practice for daily living or store in memory for future occurrences. My attendance in a private secondary school opened my eyes to what education is in Nigeria. What students are taught is how to speak English Language; putting it this way; how fluent English language can be spoken. Students derive joy in speaking this language to confer status on themselves or how “tushed” they are. One is not painting English Language bad, it should be well understood as the nation’s “lingua-franca”. But it would have been better placed behind the mother tongue of each state in the federation.
The reason for mother tongue to be strictly given attention to is for easy assimilation of studies by kids within school age (primary to secondary), through this creativity and innovation brews. I realize that those within school age especially in the rural areas drop-out of school because this borrowed language can’t be condoned. They get intimidated by their colleagues, compelled to keep quiet and not be able to express themselves when this borrowed language is spoken fluently which makes them feel school is not for them.
If one is not confusing anyone, children in rural areas understands more of the earthly gift in their environment (following their parent to the farm, oil well, learning the rudiments). Let me put us through the phase of imagination; imagine these kids are educated with the little knowledge they have and not bothered with this borrowed language but easy assimilation in their mother tongue; of course, they will be great asset to the society actualizing their dream.
I believe if teaching is been done with mother tongue, kids will be able to ask questions, express their views and learn more. Most things the so-called elite do is to segregate themselves from the locals. They create e-banking, e-transact, e-everything without an inkling idea of what run through the mind of the locals.
All these ideas don’t have any effect on these people neither do they understand all the grammars from the borrowed language. We say the world is global but those in the rural areas are not feeling it. If the Russian, Japanese, Chinese, can educate their kids in their mother tongue, what stops all states in the Nigerian Federation from educating the kids in their mother tongue; not making English Language compulsorily spoken but necessarily taught in schools due to our diverse ethnicity. Comprehension of language is the most important when a state is aiming for development because it comprises educating, sharpening of skills and ultimately creating ideas.