SCIENCE EDUCATION AND POLITICS OF L1 – L2 IN NIGERIA: ADOPTING THE TEACHERS' LANGUAGE FOR LIBERATING EDUCATION

Professor Dantani Ibrahim Wushishi

Wednesday 9th June, 2021

 The following recommendations have been offered:
1. There is the need for Nigeria to adopt the “Teachers' Language” as a medium of instruction across all levels of education. A professor of Chemistry presented his inaugural lecture on this podium and dedicated it to his parents by saying: “To my parents – My MOTHER, for being my first teacher on earth…” little did he know that he was making a fundamental statement in education. It is this Teacher – the Mother who's language otherwise called - Teachers' Language in this lecture is regarded as the most suitable for instruction in schools. Nigeria can adopt the Chinese model in this regard, across each of the six geo-political zones.

2. There should be a comprehensive Nigerian language policy for instruction in schools across all the levels ofeducation in Nigeria.

3. Science curricular materials should be massively produced in Nigerian languages and teachers across the six geo-political zones should be trained in the major languages of each of the zones for proper implementation of the policy across all levels of schooling.

4. There should be a paradigm shift from a curriculum model that is objective in nature which is currently in practice to a curriculum model that will nurture a liberating education for Nigeria.