EFFECTIVENESS IN TEACHING AND LEARNING OF IGBO LANGUAGE IN SECONDARY SCHOOLS ; CHALLENGES AND PROSPECTS

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EFFECTIVENESS IN TEACHING AND LEARNING OF IGBO LANGUAGE IN SECONDARY SCHOOLS ; CHALLENGES AND PROSPECTS

Abstract

The Igbo language is among the three major Nigerian languages to be studied in schools in Nigeria, the others are Hausa and Yoruba languages. This implies that Igbo language occupies a very important linguistic position in Nigeria, hence the federal government approval of it. Unfortunately, Igbo language students have been performing poorly in the senior secondary  school  certificate examinations. This ugly situation has continued to be of great concern to those crusading for Igbo language growth. This study therefore, investigated effectiveness in teaching and learning of igbo language in secondary schools;challenges and prospects,. Two research questions were, raised for the study. Data were collected using a set of structured questionnaire which was distributed to  200  respondents  which  comprised only the Igbo language students. It was discovered that there are insufficient number of teachers to teach the Igbo language. Also the attitude of students, parents, teachers and the larger society constitute some factors affecting students performance in Igbo language in senior secondary school examinations. In the light of the  findings,  recommendations  were  made. These include: That the number of qualified  teachers  who  teach  Igbo language should be increased and that the government should  create  more  job opportunities for graduates of Igbo language

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