Members of the Lagos State House of Assembly have adopted the recommendation of a report on a Bill for a law to provide for the promotion and preservation of the use of Yoruba Language in Lagos State and for connected purposes.
Chairman House Committee on Education, Hon. Lanre Ogunyemi while presenting the Bill stated that due to the absence of some Stakeholders during the Public Hearing held on Wednesday 10th May, 2017 the Committee embarked on a sensitization program to all the six Educational District in order to create awareness and further emphasize the important of the Bill to all Private and Public Stakeholders in which they contributed immensely to the Bill.
According to Hon. Ogunyemi, the Stakeholders commended the State Government and the State Assembly for the Bill, thereafter he observed that there are no core-Yoruba professional teachers in most primary and secondary schools which may reduce the emphasis on the teaching and learning of Yoruba language and lack of materials to aid its teaching.
He also stated that Yoruba as a subject is not listed among other subjects in the State’s Common Entrance and Junior Examinations, the students’ interest in studying Yoruba in University have waned due to unemployment and the encouragement of the government to Yoruba authors is low and has hindered their productions from meeting International Standards.
Sequel to the submission of the Stakeholders, the Committee recommended that Yoruba teachers in primary and secondary should specialize in teaching the subject only while students should offer it as a subject from primary school to senior secondary to enhance their proficiency.
The report also recommended that students should undergo examination in the subject at Common Entrance and at junior and secondary school levels.
It was further recommended that Government should ensure the availability of Yoruba language text books, while constant training and recruitment of Yoruba teachers as well as a provision of instructional materials should be considered for implementation aids.
The Speaker, Rt. Hon. Mudashiru Obasa in his remarks observed grey area in the new section of the Bill which gives necessary implementation of the provisions of the law and recommended that it should be deleted.
In his response, Hon. Ogunyemi stated that “the recommendation arose from the stakeholders who had pleaded for more time due to lack of teachers and to provide necessary facilities to aid its teachings”.
The Members however adopt the recommendations as the resolution of the House.