THE POLITICS OF LANGUAGE OF INSTRUCTION IN NIGERIAN SCHOOLS
BABALOLA. EMMANUEL TAIWO
DEPARTMENT OF ENGLISH
OBAFEMI AVVOLOVVO UNIVERSITY
ABSTRACT At independence, the colonialists bequeathed Nigeria the English Language as the language of government, commence, education, etc. (Bamgbose, 1971). Right-from the primary school. English is used as the language of instruction through which pupils are taught the various subjects. However in the recent past, Nigeria made a policy that at a certain stage of the primary level, Nigerian languages that are prevalent at the communities should be used in place or English so as to develop the indigenous language and arrest the astronomical rate in which the standard of education is going down due partly to pupils inability to grasp the English language. This paper seeks to explore the polities surrounding the applicability of the policy against the backdrop of so many contending forces in the Nigerian context. can the policy succeed? if it cannot, why and how can we make it work?