The official position is that pupils in the Nigerian primary schools be taught
to read in English as well as their mother-tongue. The intended objective is to make the pupils literate in the two languages. That is, they should be able to read not only fluently but also critically by the end of their primary education. The advantages this has for effective learning in school are immense and obvious. A child’s achievement at any level of education will be determined greatly by his reading efficiency in English. Also the level of performance of the pupils in the study of the mother-tongue which is now
one of the core-courses for the junior secondary school will be dependent on how well they have acquired the reading skills in the language.