Bilingual Education in Nigeria Essay

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Bilingual education and its effectiveness have been a considerable issue in countries regardless of their level of social and economical development and the aim of its implementation that can be either the multinational structure of society or the colonial background. However, a type, of system implemented, varies according to the government policy and public attitude towards bilingual education (Močinić, 2011, 176). The aim of this paper is to examine the current system of bilingual education in Nigeria and identify the extent of its efficiency, considering the colonial background and a developing country dimensions that create strong premises to the unbalanced bilingual education in the country. If one regards pupils’ monolingualism as …show more content…
Bilingual education and its effectiveness have been a considerable issue in countries regardless of their level of social and economical development and the aim of its implementation that can be either the multinational structure of society or the colonial background. However, a type, of system implemented, varies according to the government policy and public attitude towards bilingual education (Močinić, 2011, 176). The aim of this paper is to examine the current system of bilingual education in Nigeria and identify the extent of its efficiency, considering the colonial background and a developing country dimensions that create strong premises to the unbalanced bilingual education in the country. If one regards pupils’ monolingualism as the most significant evidence of country’s inability to successfully implement bilingual education, the one must side with Igboanusi (2008, 730), who considers current Nigeria’s system of bilingual education as inefficient. Moreover, the paper will further discuss the beneficialness of the bilingual education system in Nigeria in terms of its sufficiency to achieve the aim of its implementation.
A brief description of the country of Nigeria mainly focused on its population and linguistic indicators follows demonstrating its relevance to the bilingual education issue. Nigeria is a country in West Africa with population of 166.6 million (World Bank, 2012). Being under British dominance since 1800 till 1960, Nigeria adopted English as an
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