Implementing the language aspect of the education policy in primary schools for sustainable development in Nigeria

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Oyo State: Pacesetter: Journal of Emmanuel Alayande College of Education,

The Importance of mother tongue on overall development of a child in Primary school level; Mother tongue and National development; Obstacles to the use of Indigenous language/mother tongue; The myth that parents want only in schooling; Strategies for implementation of mother tongue.

Language policy, as it relates to primary education, is a reinforcement of the language policy on pre-primary education which states that; “Government shall ensure that the medium of instruction (at the level of pre- primary) is principally the mother tongue or the language of the immediate community”. The position of this paper is that the provisions of language for the early years of primary education should be implemented and enforced if Nigeria wishes to experience national development. This paper will also discuss how choosing an appropriate language of instruction (mother tongue) has positive implication for education in terms of increasing access and improving quality as well as enhancing national development.