Lagos State Makes Yoruba Compulsory For Admission
The news about the Lagos State Government making a credit in Yoruba Language a compulsory requirement for Admission into state-owned tertiary institutions has caused an outbreak of mixed reactions by Nigerians on social media.
The law according to the government is designed to preserve and promote the Yoruba language in all schools across the state.
Apart from this, the Yoruba Language Preservation and Promotion Law also provides that all state-owned tertiary institutions are to incorporate the use of Yoruba Language in the General Studies (GNS) courses.
While many think the law will deprive qualified candidates of admission into higher institutions in Lagos, others praised Lagos government for the initiative.
These are some of the reactions on Twitter
Oh wait, so now u need a credit in Yoruba to go to lasu?
That is rubbish.
— Alhaji faruk Abdullahi (@El_faruqq) February 14, 2018
The only problem i have with the law is where it's mandatory to have studied Yoruba before seeking admission in any tertiary institution. They are depriving those who weren't born in SW and didn't have the opportunity to study Yoruba let alone have credit in WAEC.
— Samuel Oyedepo (@OyedepoSamuel) February 13, 2018
at the new Lagos law that insists non Yorubas must learn (and obtain credit mark in) Yoruba if they must school in Lagos. Imagine all major cities in Nigeria passing such ethnic biased laws.
— Friday Uma (@FridayUma) February 13, 2018
I am curious. So someone who dint sit for Yoruba exams will be denied admission. Will lectures be in Yoruba? I am just curious. https://t.co/Aa944sDpFm
— Integrity Mr (@Intergrity56) February 13, 2018
So the Lagos State Government proposed a bill that requires that all those seeking admission into Federal institutions most posses a WAEC credit in Yoruba???
Why are we Nigerians like this FFS
— obi hugo (@obi_hugo) February 14, 2018
But these twitter users believe the law is a welcome development.
I am Igbo and I am 100% in support of this Law in Lagos State. I encourage every State to do same with their own indigenous language/s. It is a law long overdue in our clime. Kudos @AkinwunmiAmbode & @lagosstategov Don't be persuaded otherwise. https://t.co/8f2aAi207K
— human (@DoDeRightThing) February 13, 2018
I subscribe to that idea, ólaju de, we should not neglect our culture.
— Lawal Kamiludeen (@kamlaw1) February 12, 2018
A bill was passed into law that, Lagos state tertiary institutions must request for a credit pass in Yorùbá language, before admitting students and, some people are crying foul.
I don't see why we shouldn't promote our own native language
— Ọ̀jọ̀gbọ́n Yorùbá (@YoungProf_MUFC) February 12, 2018
The tertiary institutions covered by the law are state-owned, and anyone who had his secondary school education in Lagos or is a resident of Lagos would have been taught Yorùbá. There is Unilag in Lagos for those that can not have at least credit in Yorùbá or can not speak Yorùbá
— Abíọlá Ọmọ Akíntúndé (@AAbiolat) February 12, 2018
Meanwhile, the state’s Commissioner for Information and Strategy, Kehinde Bamigbetan has said anyone seeking admission into the Lagos State University, Lagos State Polytechnic, Michael Otedola College of Primary Education, Adeniran Ogunsanya College of Education, Lagos State School of Nursing and Lagos State College of Health Technology, among others must have credit in the Yoruba language.