It’s an offence to beat students for speaking Igbo – Anambra govt cautions teachers

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The Anambra State Government says it would no longer tolerate the punishment of students for speaking Igbo language in the state’s public schools.

Commissioner for Diaspora Affairs, Culture & Tourism, Ms. Sally Mbanefo, disclosed that the government would deal with any teacher that flogs or metes out any other form of punishment to the students over speaking of Igbo language.

She gave the warning at a workshop for the revival of Igbo in Awka, the state capital, on Friday.

According to her, the initiative was part of Governor Willie Obiano’s vision to serve the language from extinction.

The commissioner urged the teachers to revitalise the teaching of Igbo in schools in the state.

Mbanefo reminded the teachers of the existing law that makes it compulsory for pupils to dress in traditional outfits and speak Igbo every Wednesday in schools in the state.

Speaking at an event in October 2017, the governor had said that the measures, as well as proposed establishment of Igbo radio, would help to revive the language in the state.

He also promised to take one or two persons of the Igbo group abroad each year, during what he called Anambra Day and World Igbo Congress (WIC)

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