|Posted by Edonaze on May 22, 2011 at 2:45 PM|
Edo Language restored as SSSC subject
BENIN CITY - The Edo Language has been restored as a Senior Secondary School Certificate subject in Edo State.
The Commissioner for Education, Dr. (Mrs.) Ngozi Osarenren disclosed this when the Executive members of the Benin Cultural Heritage Centre paid her a courtesy visit.
Dr. Mrs. Osarenren said that the Edo language was previously dropped from the school certificate curriculum following serious shortage of qualified teachers to handle the subject.
She commended the initiative of the Benin Cultural Heritage Centre to boost the number of qualified Edo Language teachers through sponsorship of students in tertiary institutions that have taken the subject as a discipline.
The Education Commissioner described the initiative of the BCHC as the first of its kind and pledged the full co-operation of the Ministry of Education towards actualising the laudable objective of the body.
According to her, the goal of the BCHC is in line with the national policy on education which makes it mandatory for students at the junior secondary school level to offer one indigenous language as part of their final examination.
Earlier, the Vice President of the Benin Cultural Heritage Centre, retired Squadron Leader Ehi Ighile who represented the president, Dr. Roland Ehigiamusoe said the BCHC was a non-profit socio-cultural organisation devoted to the revival of the glory of the great Benin Kingdom. He disclosed that recent research revealed that the Edo Language might be extinct in ten to twenty years from now if urgent steps were not taken to arrest the trend.
It is for this reason that the Benin Cultural Heritage Centre has taken the initiative to assist the government in training some teachers who will teach the Edo Language in primary and secondary schools in the State”, he stated.
Mr. Ighile said already, about two hundred pioneer students have been given admission at the College of Education, Ekiadolor to study Edo Language on the scholarship of the Benin Cultural Heritage Centre at a cost of sixty thousand naira per student. According to him, the organisation’s target is to train three thousand Edo Language teachers in the next five years.
He therefore solicited the support of the Ministry of Education by ensuring that the teachers are employed to teach Edo language in Schools at the end of their training.