The Bayelsa State Government has announced the inclusion of the Ijaw language in it’s educational curriculum beginning from the 2021/2022 academic session.
The Commissioner for Information, Orientation and Strategy, Hon. Ayibaina Duba made this known while briefing journalists in Yenagoa.
He stated that the teaching of Ijaw language should start from Primary One in all public and private schools in the state.
He said, “An inter-ministerial Committee was set up and the report was presented today. It was deliberated upon and it was agreed that the teaching will begin in the 2021/2022 academic session which will start on November 8 2021.
“We are going to start with Primary One in all the 549 public schools we have in the state and every other private institution we have in the state”.
On his part, the Commissioner for Education, Hon. Gentle Emelah said 270 teachers have been specially trained and recruited to teach students starting from November 8.
He said the state does not intend to make other dialects inferior but the state government is only trying to get the central indigenous language.
He stated, “I want to equally allay the fears of people that other dialects like Nembe, Ogbia, Atissa and others will be neglected.
“The law is very clear that those languages will be taught in their localities so no language will be lost.
“The only thing we are trying to do is to promote the Kolokuma language to get extent that we can do it as a course in the university just like they study Igbo and other languages”, he concluded.