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The Lagos State Government yesterday said it had commenced pilot teaching and learning of Chinese (Mandarin) language in five schools in the state.
The state Commissioner for Education, Mrs. Olayinka Oladunjoye, told journalists in the state that the pilot programme started in 2013 in Bolade Junior Grammar School, Oshodi and Ikeja Junior Grammar School.
Others are the Immaculate Heart Comprehensive Junior High School, Maryland; Mende Junior High School, Maryland and New Era Junior Girls School, Surulere.
The commissioner, according to the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN), said the state had also introduced the teaching of German language through a partnership with a German school.
“Let me report that Birch Freeman Senior High School, Surulere, is the pilot school for the teaching of German language.
“Already, our officials have visited the school to ascertain the level of commitment of the German Embassy to the project.
Oladunjoye said consultants in Lagos Mandarin Junior Club had developed and demonstrated the use of a Chinese language software proposed for primary and secondary schools.
She said the state was currently studying the software and that a decision would be made soon.
The commissioner also said 35 students selected from the state’s six education districts went to Porto-Novo, Republic of Benin, for Easter camp school exchange programme.