Edo Language Now Compulsory in Edo Schools

Edo language now compulsory in Edo schools



To ensure that Edo does not become extinct, the language is to be made a compulsory subject at the primary and junior secondary levels in the state, Permanent Secretary of the ministry of education, H. Iyawe said yesterday.

Speaking at the matriculation ceremony of 300 Edo language trainee teachers at the College of Education, Ekiadolor, Benin, Mrs Iyawe, who represented the state commissioner for education, Ngozi Osarenren, said Edo Language has also been approved as a school certificate subject at the senior secondary school level.

She commended the Benin Cultural Heritage Centre (BCHC), which provided the scholarship for the students, for collaborating with the College of Education to run the special Edo language programme designed to raise the necessary manpower for teaching the subject.

She assured that at the end of the training, the students would be employed by government and deployed to schools.

Provost of the College of Education, Amenaghawon Uhuangho, said the curriculum of the Edo language programme, designed in collaboration with the University of Benin, was very comprehensive and of a high standard. He commended the Benin Cultural Heritage Centre for providing the resources for the take-off of the programme.

Promoting culture

President of the BCHC, Roland Ehigiamusoe, said the special programme to raise Edo language teachers was the only way to reverse the current situation where Edo appears to be drifting into extinction. Mr Ehigiamusoe said never again would Edo people condone what he called the shameful situation of language and cultural colonization.

“Proprietors of all primary and secondary schools in the state must accept their mandatory obligation to employ Edo language teachers to teach the language and even dialects in their diverse localities,” he said. “Otherwise, they would be destructively misinforming and colonizing our children and this would be unacceptable.”




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These anti-Edo political organizations you folks went to join are the most anti-African - and Africans - in the world.

They're worse than anything; we obviously can't stop you though, even Ewuare II's manifest destiny lies in our own regional party.

We have egba Omo Oduduwa and so on, NPC, AG, the forerunner of them all NCNC and then now these cancers of today.

Stay "with them", but register for your most important election first: your local election, register Edo Political Front, and if you don't, vote the front.

No self respecting Edo will - in the future - find themselves the flag bearers and cheerleaders of foreign parties with indirect rule political and economic mandates, it just doesn't work.

No sane Edo person lives to "have the ear" of someone who doesn't have Edo at their heart.

The Supreme Court is the place to remove the frustration of these lethargic and "periodic" additions to the voting rolls; here - where I live - you can fill in the forms regarding changing your voter registration at the post office and other easy access places.

At the rate things are going we're going to find ourselves truly in decline as our populations suffer from simple things like protein deficiencies in children

" - Reggie Akpata

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