Languages and the Challenges of Education in Nigeria

Abstract:

In this paper, Prof. Adegbite identifies educational and linguistic failure as the bane of development of the Nigerian nation. From a macro-sociolinguistic perspective, he highlights some of the problems encountered by the Nigerian nation in various spheres of life and attributes these to the challenges of education, on the one hand, and the over-utilization of English at the expense of indigenous languages in communication and education, on the other hand. The author opines that while a language policy is crucial to the nation, as language is the basis for human cognitive, social and communicative activities, lingua-cultural policies can be formulated to integrate aspects of language and cultural experience of Nigerians for sustainable development. Consequently, models of lingual and lingual-cultural policies are suggested for language and educational development.