THE EFFECT OF MOTHER TONGUE AS A COMPLEMENTARY MEDIUM OF INSTRUCTION AND THE PERFORMANCE OF STUDENTS IN SECONDARY SCHOOLS

The Nigerian government recognizes the multilingual nature of Nigeria and shows that it is anxious to tap those resources for national development. Thus, provision is made for their use in the two most important documents that spell out national life, namely; the constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria and National Policy on Education. These provisions for languages in these documents presuppose that they are in use in homes and in the communities. However, performance of students in English Language Examinations such as Junior School Certificate Examination, West African Examination and other national examination is worrisome. In this view, it becomes very imperative to find out whether mother tongue has any relationship with the English Language usage on language proficiency and academic performance. It is on this plain that this paper looked at the importance of English Language in Nigeria, the poor performance of students in English Language exams, attitude towards instruction, communicative competence and the importance of mother tongue as a medium of instruction. It concluded with recommendations on the imperativeness of mother tongue as a complementary medium of instruction.

  • Authors Name: Chisunum, I.J.

  • Email: JEFF.CHISUNUM@mydspg.edu.ng