WorldStage Newsonline-- Kogi State Government has made case for the use of alternative Nigerian languages for teaching in Primary Schools.
According to the State Governor Capt Idris Wada, amidst dwindling and competing resources, government was committed to the improvement of teachers welfare, charging them to consider using indigenous languages in teaching, since English language was becoming difficult to comprehend.
The governor who was represented at the celebration of this year’s world Teachers Day in Lokoja by his Deputy, Yomi Awoniyi, lamented a situation where pupils in primary five unlike in the past cannot read or write, urging the teachers to justify government's huge investment by adding value to their teaching skills.
While commending them for calling off the age long strike, he appealed to the teachers to put in their best by making government schools what it was in the past.
Wada reiterated his administration commitment to overhauling the education system in the state with primary education which he described as the bedrock of sustainable education given a pride of place.
The State Governor further assured that his government will continue to meet all its obligation to teachers in the state and will sustain its rehabilitation policy of rehabilitating schools in the State.
In his remarks at the occasion, State Chairman Nigerian Union of Teachers, Kogi State Wing, comrade Suleiman Abdullahi, said the day was set aside to celebrate the importance of teachers contribution to socio economic development.
The Chairman called for a collaborative efforts by the government and the teachers towards making teaching and learning conducive for pupils.
The theme for this year's celebration, "A call for Teachers- Taking the lead for quality education", the chairman said underscored the need for all hands to be on deck as education remains the only instrument for national development.