By Victor Ernest with agency report
The Nigeria Union of Teachers (NUT) in Rivers state has urged the federal government to recruit indigenous language teachers to fill vacancies in unity secondary schools.
The state union’s Publicity Secretary, Nwankwo Ndukwu, told the News Agency of Nigeria that many indigenous language teachers in the unity secondary schools had retired, while the few still in the schools were overworked and also on the way out.
”Since the few teachers currently in the school system are fast approaching their retirement age, government should engage more hands, if we are to sustain the teaching of the subjects,” he said.
He, however, said that recruiting the teachers could pose a serious challenge because most tertiary institutions in the country no longer offer academic courses in indigenous languages.
”This is partly caused by the lack of interest to study indigenous language. Nobody wants to study indigenous language in the university; so the few ones left are gradually phasing out.
”Similarly, most tertiary institutions do not offer indigenous language as courses. Only Alvan Ikokwu College of Education in Imo State has a Department of Igbo Language in the Eastern region,” he noted.