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ASUBEB charges private schools to promote Igbo speaking

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IDEMILI South Education Authority (ISEA) has called on private schools’ owners to join the Anambra State Universal Basic Education Board (ASUBEB) program of promoting and preserving the Igbo Language and culture.

The call was made recently at the council headquarters, Ojoto during an interactive session with Igbo teachers and pupils preparing for state Igbo Quiz Competition.

The Education Secretary ISEA, Enemuo Anthonia lamented on the way Igbo Language was going extinct because Igbo people prefer speaking English or languages other than theirs.

She said that the private school proprietors, parents and teachers were not helping matters because some of them lay emphasis on fluency in speaking English as a mark of quality education.

Enemuo said that the heartbeat of the ASUBEB Chairman, Chief Patrick Ugbaja was to ensure that Igbo speaking and writing were inculcated in the pupils who were the future generation for continuity.

Earlier in her address, the Igbo Desk Officer, ISEA, Ngwudo Juliet reiterated recent research which postulates that Igbo speaking may phase out before the next 70 years.

Ngwudo maintained that Igbo people should be proud of their language, saying that other tribes like Hausa and Yoruba feel free to communicate in their vernaculars no matter their status or educational qualifications.

Moreover, Ngwudo charged the Igbo teachers from the public primary schools to systematically prepare their best Igbo pupils to bring home the Igbo Quiz competition trophy to Idemili South.

The duo of Ekwenchi Tochukwu and Efobi ThankGod from Isu Primary School and United School, Okuzu, Oba respectively noted  the importance of audio-visual aids and more Igbo language instructional materials to enhance learning of spoken and written Igbo language.

 

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