The Rivers State government has made the Teaching of indigenous languages compulsory in schools in the State.
The Commissioner for Education, Prof. Kaniye Ebeku, said on Tuesday that the state had made improvements in education in the last five years.
According to him, “The government is making plans to implement its law on the teaching of indigenous languages in government schools. This important aspect of education was ignored by previous administrations, but Governor Nyesom Wike recognises that indigenous languages, being part of our culture, should not die.”
Mr. Ebeku added that the State governor, Nyesom Wike, had made huge improvements in education, saying he equipped the State University Medical School, which runs programmes fully accredited by the National Universities Commission, NUC.
“To consolidate on this, the Braithwaite Memorial Hospital has been upgraded and equipped to a standard teaching hospital. Within the Rivers State University Campus, several departmental buildings have been completed and others are ongoing. You will also find similar infrastructure in other tertiary institutions”, he said.
The Rivers State Commissioner for Education also said that the governor has also been supportive in providing amenities at the lower levels of education in the state. “At basic and secondary schools, the governor’s efforts are clearly manifest in complete renovation/remodelling of the Government Girls’ Secondary Schools in Rumuokwuta; GSS Ogu; BMGS Bori; NGS Abonnema; Government Craft Centre Port Harcourt; GSS Abua; Ubima and Okaki, among others.”