Lagos State is set to introduce Chinese language in public schools. According to the State’s Commissioner for Education, Mrs. Olayinka Oladunjoye, the state government would introduce Mandarin in its public schools’ curriculum as from next session.
Commenting on the rationale for the new policy, the commissioner stated that “learning the language in the state’s public schools would be an opportunity for the pupils and students to speak the language and be able to adapt to the Chinese culture.”
The commissioner’s statements came soon after a meeting with a delegation from the Chinese Confucius Institute, University of Lagos.
Speaking on the new pronouncement, Director of the Institute, Prof. Caleb Orimoogunje, said:
“The Institute is prepared to provide Chinese instructors to teach the language and culture in the state’s public schools as soon as the Memorandum of Understanding is signed between the state and the institute. The knowledge of Chinese language will help students to further their studies in China and carry out research in various fields of human endeavour as China has become a success story in the world economy,” she said.
The introduction of Chinese in the Lagos Public School curriculum is an interesting one as global debates on China’s socio-economic involvement intensify.