Lagos State Govt To Introduce Chinese Language In Public Schools

Fashola Lagos State Commissioner for Education, Mrs Olayinka Oladunjoye, said on Monday that the state government would introduce Mandarin, or Chinese language, in public schools’ curriculum as from next session.

Oladunjoye said this in a statement signed by the Ministry’s Public Relations Officer (PRO), Mr Lanre Bajulaiye, and made newsmen

The commissioner said this after a meeting with the delegation from the Chinese Confucius Institute, University of Lagos.

She said that learning the language in the state’s public schools would be an opportunity for the pupils and students to speak the language and be able to adapt to the Chinese culture.

Prof. Caleb Orimoogunje, Director of the Institute, said the institution was ready to assist the state with necessary logistics to make the teaching and learning of the language easier.

Orimoogunje added that Prof. Lirong Jiang, a co-director of the institute, would help in the take-off of the programme.

Jiang said the institute, as a representative of the Chinese culture in Nigeria, was set up to satisfy people’s need about the country’s culture.

She noted that the language became necessary because China had become the new destination for economic growth and technological development.

“The Institute is prepared to provide Chinese instructors to teach the language and culture in the state’s public schools as soon as the Memorandum of Understanding is signed between the state and the institute.

“The knowledge of Chinese language will help students to further their studies in China and carry out research in various fields of human endeavour as China has become a success story in the world economy,” she said. (NAN)

  1. TAIWO Reply

    As far as I can understand, THIS IS A SAD DEVELOPMENT in the making. How many public students in Lagos today can speak a sentence in Yoruba without adding many english words? With the addition of Chinese, I WONDER WHAT THE FUTURE HOLDS FOR YORUBA IDENTITY & CULTURE.

    • AA Reply

      Chinise used d same approach to acquire or steal other technology and build on it. taiwo read the article again u will see d sense in it. China is becoming super power when it comes to developmental technology; we need to learn from them.

    • Tunde Bananatu Reply

      You are not only sad, but obviously not well educated. Perhaps, you should wake up and smell who funds your country and the rest of the world. At least, your children will have the opportunity to have an income and work anywhere in the world. The income added value for being able to speak a Chinese language is upwards of another $100,000 in excess of what one would typically make in the western economies.

  2. SandraS.Elrod Reply

    I have heard that Lagos’ new government is really taking important steps to help Lagos standout in the African community. I am a tourist and was planning a trip to Lagos. Could you suggest any airline that would offer cheap flights to Lagos Nigeria? I have got some options from Sky Trip & Reliance Travels but suggestions would really help me make up my mind.

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