literacy

"Is Our Notion of Education Correct?"

There appears to be a double standard cast on indigenous languages in relation to being “educated” in the Nigerian society. If one can read and write in English, but not in Yoruba or an indigenous language, one is considered as ‘educated’. The reverse is however not the case. If one can read and write in Yoruba or an indigenous language in Nigeria but cannot read and write in English, irrespective of possessing the similar levels of knowledge or attaining the same educational qualifications, one is considered inferior, illiterate and uneducated. Is this ideal however valid?