Stella Dimoko Mathematics And Science Subjects Now To Be Taught in Nigerian Languages


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Thursday, June 01, 2017

Mathematics And Science Subjects Now To Be Taught in Nigerian Languages

The Federal Government says primary and secondary schools in the country will soon start teaching Mathematics and Science subjects in indigenous languages.

The Minister of Science and Technology, Dr Ogbonnaya Onu said this at the inauguration of the inter-ministerial committee on the teaching of Mathematics and Science subjects in local languages in Abuja on Wednesday.

The inter-ministerial committee involved Federal Ministry of Science and Technology and Ministry of Education.

He said the inter-ministerial committee would help to develop the capacity of the local languages to serve as effective tools for teaching mathematics and science subjects.

According to him, the project will help Nigerian students to understand mathematics and science subjects better.
He said the project would also promote the application of science and technology for national development.

The minister expressed concern of the government over the low interest in mathematics and the science subjects by students.
Onu said various countries like India, China adopted a related strategy by teaching mathematics and the science subjects in their indigenous languages at the primary school level.

He added that those countries were making advancement in science and technology.

Onu said that graduates were no longer able to get jobs after their studies because the nation imports everything it needed.
Earlier, Minister of Education, Malam Adamu Adamu, said using mother tongue to teach Science and Mathematics would certainly help and ensure a better understanding of the of the subjects.

Adamu, who was represented by Dr Useni Adamu, Director overseeing the office of the Permanent Secretary in the Ministry, said that the project would facilitate a major breakthrough in the area of Science and Technology.

Okay ?
Otu + Otu = Abuo
Meji + Meji + Kan =Marun
what happend if the Child is confronted with an 'English' speaking situation?

Na wah oh!


  1. Replies
    1. Even the English one we never understand.. Na the estako one we go understand abi...I am just laughing in igbira language.. F9 will become the new A1. Yeye people. Una leave better thing dey pursue yeye thing. How about cancelling jamb for a start? Only naija does jamb in the whole.wide world!!!!! Nysc sef should be scrapped. Misplaced priorities

  2. I am just trying to picture the teaching.

    Ola wealth get in here come and give us example of how the class will be.

    1. Asif you read my mind...πŸ˜‚πŸ˜‚πŸ˜‚

      oma fi 2 ge 8 omaa fun e ni = 4.

      Kini Pythagoras theorem.
      A pelu B afun e ni C.

      Its quite pathetic..πŸ˜‚πŸ˜‚

  3. The idea is a good one... But what is binomial theory, trigonometry, statistics in native language??

    1. statistics..
      I just pray it is not as difficult as d name sounds....
      We just started it in school...
      I dealt with binomial theorem in our last exam.... Yaba dey make me like maths small small

  4. My Igbo teacher back then in secondary school used English to teach us Igbo language. She will be like

    What is ILU?

    ILU is called mmanu ndi Igbo ji eri okwu.

  5. Buhahahahaha

    Ka anyi muo mgako na mnwepu ubochi taa

    Ato e wepuru ni ime iri bu gi ni gi ?

    Tiinye ato na otu nari weepu ya na otu puku = ?

    Iri na ato e ewepuru na ime otu puku bu ole ?

    Nari ole ka enwere na ime otu Ndeeli..lolz

    Let me see who will get

  6. isoko man wife1 June 2017 at 09:24

    Na wa o..
    Biko not in a country that has up to one million languagesπŸ˜ƒ. It works in China and Japan cos they speak one language.
    I tire for this country aswear

    1. Lie! They have different dialects too

  7. While other countries are aggressively marching towards breakthroughs guess what our leaders are envisaging for us? That nonsense up there. If not that it's annoying and worrisome, it would have been downright hilarious. The low interest is because of the subjects been taught in English? Really?
    This is our minister of education and technology speaking? Wonderful!

  8. I already do that for the kids I teach.I was teaching them with only English at first but when they started getting too many zeros I started teaching them with English and maths.

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  9. Hmmmmm
    I don't think this idea will play out well cuz using d universal language to teach dis subjects still brings confusion.
    Much more of indigenous languages.
    Mr minister e ro re

    1. Don't mind those ministers ooooo.
      All these impossible analogies they ave in their brain..

  10. Nigeria we hail thee.. Arrant Nonsense.

    How exactly will they compete with international students ? and how many languages do we have in Nigeria ? so they will all be taught in their indigenous language, so what happens to the Lingua Franca that puts all on the same page ? do you think Nigeria is like China where all of them understands the manderin Chinese ?

    Your brains need help.

    What if they are called on international TV Stations to represent their country ?

  11. Good! Chinese do that so no biggie😁

    1. @anon And How many languages does the Chinese speak ?

  12. Kolewerk!

    ... Jesus is my worth!

  13. Now we are talking. The thing with using non-indigenous languages is that the learner is confronted with two challenges. First the challenge of mastering the language of communication and secondly, gaining understanding of the subject itself. But with this, the first challenge is taken care of so the learner only has to deal with understanding the subject matter.

  14. Ok, we have heard.

    This is how they keep bringing up policies that they themselves know wont work.

    Yes,it is in the National Policy on Education for mother tongue to be used in teaching for 1st few yrs of a child's edu but this is very difficult to achieve reason being that we hv teachers n pupils frm different ethnic groups.

    Also,for someone who isn't grounded in a particular mother tongue,it is difficult to translate those words frm English

    What do u call a litmus paper in ur mother tongue?

    What do u call a beaker in ur mother tongue?

    What do u call equilateral triangle in ur mother tongue?

    What do u call diagonal?etc

    We hv to consider many things before taking up policies

    Also our govt lack continuity. They will invest monies into this now and after a while, forget abt it n pocket d others

  15. We intend using indigenous languages to teach English which is already a language nawa 4 these our leaders
    The devil for that aso rock n our leaders houses strong o
    Abi our leaders don dy mad?? We never know ....

  16. And the waec questions would come in vernacular as well? How is the teaching even possible?

  17. Hahahahaha. "Mfin iyom ndi kpep mbanga idem nnyin. Omodiongo sent idide ukpuhode iren ye iban? Nkpo utok ikim mmo. Yak ise nte eke iban etiede." Biko how will the labelling of the body parts especially the privates be done? Kids will be laughing throughout

  18. Even government is planning a coup against English language. Not nice at all.

  19. hmmmmmm when dey run out of idea and need to extort money from useless policy making...
    dats d problem in the north, some of dem doesnt hear eng cos all tru dere sch days dey are being taught using dere native language....

  20. It's actually a good idea. Students will understand way better and will improve a lot. Keeping my fingers crossed

  21. I remember having this conversation with my sister and we were praying for this method. Lol

  22. This is "aboki conspiracy" to drag the entire country educational system backwards like their own. Anyone who served in the North knows that schools there teach in Hausa and that's because the locals cannot speak English; "ba turenchi". That is why they fail waec with distinctions. The only subjects where they can score a Pass is Hausa and Arabic/ IRK

    The southerners should resist this anomaly and pray against it!

  23. I liked our education minister - Onu when he was my lecturer at Uniport but since he became the education minister, he has gone bonkers. So what language will they teach maths in Rivers and Bayelsa states? Ibo abi and then they will now expect the people in those states to learn Ibo abi? So does that mean primary school teachers can only teach in their state because they will only speak their language? Instead of taking advantage of the fact that we are educated in English and it gives us a head start over non English speaking countries, you want to drag us backward. He should be thinking of how to improve the quality of English and maths taught in our schools not how to downgrade them. Or it does not matter because it is not his kids or grandkids that will attend the state schools they will be carrying out these experiments in abi? So schools will not use youth corpers as teachers anymore and kids will only go to schools in states where they speak the language? Has he really though this through or is he just drunk.

  24. How will this even work? The average kid today speaks English.10, 20 years ago it would have meant something, but today it will be wasted effort.
    Nigerian govt and snail, I no know who slow pass sha



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