INVESTIGATING THE FACTORS AFFECTING MOTHER TONGUE POLICY IMPLEMENTATION IN THE NIGERIAN EDUCATIONAL SYSTEM

Oresanya, Theresa Iweabunaegbe

Abstract

Studies have shown that instructions received in the mother tongue are easily assimilated and permanent than those received in a second or foreign language. This study investigated the factors affecting mother tongue policy implementation, in the Nigerian educational system.  The study adopted the descriptive survey design and data were gathered through questionnaires. Four public primary schools in the Municipal Area Council of the Federal Capital Territory, with a population of 60 teachers and 500 parents were selected. A sample of 50 teachers and 50 parents were selected using purposive sampling technique. Two research officers from Nigerian Educational Research and Development Council (NERDC) validated the instruments. The study revealed that high implementation cost and lack of government political will for the implementation due to non-consultation were the major issues affecting the implementation of the mother tongue policy in Nigerian Educational Sector. The study recommends that government should embark on massive orientation to enlighten the public on the policy and also provide resources for its implementation.

Keywords: Mother Tongue, Policy, Implementation, Educational System

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