Lagos to teach Chinese in public schools

As China grows its economic influence around the world, Lagos students will begin to learn Chinese.

The Lagos State Government has announced plans to teach Chinese language in public schools starting next session.

The state’s education commissioner, Olayinka Oladunjoye, disclosed this on Monday in Lagos. The commissioner said this after meeting delegates from the Chinese Confucius Institute of the University of Lagos.

Director of the Confucius institute, Caleb Orimoogunje, said the institution would assist the state with necessary logistics to make the teaching and learning of the language easier. He said a co-director of the institute, Lirong Jiang, would help in the take-off of the programme.

China, the world’s second largest economy, recently began an aggressive economic invasion of Africa, offering to build most of the continent’s infrastructure backed by loans.

Mrs. Oladunjoye admitted that learning Chinese language in Lagos schools has become necessary because China has become the new destination for economic growth and technological development.

“The knowledge of Chinese language will help students 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.

Lagos is the first Nigerian state to adopt the Chinese language as a curriculum in public schools.


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  • stupidity of nigeria leaders

    Very stupid ideal. Another form of colonization. This is a country who an average child does not have access to three meals a day. Facilities in school are crumbling, no adequate furniture in classroom, no adequate books and school supply and the most important need this retarded leaders see fit is to institute Chinese Language in schools. There are over 240 ethnic groups in Nigeria with different language these leaders never think student could benefit from leaning the language of their fellow citizens. Since the Chinese have taken initiative to do business in Nigeria, have they also institute teaching Yoruba, Ibo or Hausa to average Chinese student in China? No, there is no need for that and African fool will always welcome and accommodate them. Proof of inferiority in self.

  • zz

    Thank you for the comment bro. All I also saw screaming to me was ‘colonization mentality’. Stupid politicians of Nigeria.