The Lagos State House of Assembly was on Tuesday divided over the proposed introduction of Chinese language in the state’s school curriculum
The representative of Ajeromi-Ifelodun in the Assembly, Mr. Abdulbak
Balogun, had drawn the attention of the House to a statement credited
to Oladunjoye over the introduction of Chinese language to public
Balogun said, “Why Chinese language in our public schools? If we
want our children to learn Chinese language, why not in the university
where they learn linguistics?”
Another lawmaker, Mr. Rotimi Olowo, wondered the relevance of the
language to the socio-economic development of the state and the country.
He said, “Yoruba, Igbo and Hausa languages should be made compulsory instead of the Chinese language.”
However, another lawmaker, Mrs. Lola Akande, said the introduction
of Chinese language was not a bad idea because China is the second
largest economy in the world and also regarded as super power in terms
of technology advancement.
She said, “The introduction of Chinese language would not disrupt
the school curriculum, rather, it will strengthen the relationship
between Nigeria and China.”
The Speaker, Adeyemi Ikuforiji, said there was the need for Nigerian
students to learn as many languages as possible. He added that the
introduction of the Chinese language would not have any negative impact
on the students.
He said, “Most of the countries I have visited, you see a child of
less than 15 years speaking about three or more languages and this has
not prevented them from learning their local languages as well.
“The introduction of Chinese language would not affect other
languages we speak. It is good for us to learn as many languages as
He directed that the commissioner should brief the assembly on the
methods and preparations for the introduction of the new language in