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Governor Ihedioha Orders Compulsory Teaching Of Igbo Language In Schools

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The Imo State Government has announced the compulsory teaching and
learning of Igbo Language in all primary, post-primary schools as well
as tertiary institutions in the state.

Professor Viola Onwuliri,
the Commissioner for Education, announced this at the 4th matriculation
ceremony of the state College of Nursing and Midwifery, Orlu, during
which 55 students were formally admitted into the institu­tion for the
2018/2019 academic session.
Onwuliri, who directed the provost of the
school, Princess Ngozi Duru, to make Igbo language a compulsory course
in the institution, also charged parents and guardians to teach their
children how to speak and write Igbo language to spare their mother
tongue from possibly going into extinction.

Represented by the
Director of Tertiary Edu­cation, Dr. Basil Iwu, the Commissioner said
that her ministry, in partnership with the state Secondary Education
Management Board, had already organized workshop for teachers and
principals of post-primary schools in the state to enhance their
capacity, adding that a seminar for all Igbo Language teachers had
equally taken place in the state.

Onwuliri expressed delight that
students of the state origin have continued to excel in national and
international examinations and gave an assurance that her ministry would
continue to give the institution all the necessary support it required
to enable it to emerge as one of the best colleges of nursing and
midwifery in the country.
Duru, in an address earlier, disclosed that
the management had installed all necessary measures, strategies,
structures, procedures and mechanisms that would reposition the college
as the first among equals in nursing education in the country.

She
said that the college, in pursuance of its vision of enforcing academic
excellence, promo­tion of godliness, competence, moral values and good
character would continue to maintain a zero tolerance for all
anti-social behaviours such as cultism, examination malpractices, drug
abuse, hooliganism and prostitution.

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