The fact that most English Language teachers in Nigeria are incompetent is the reason why students are no longer as intelligent as they used to be, says Prof. Ezeigbo
Nigerian students are 'no longer intelligent' as they used to be the case, largely because 'teachers of English Language are incompetent'.
This much was said by a Professor of English Language, in the Department of English, University of Lagos (UNILAG), Professor Akachi Ezeigbo, Daily Independent reports.
Speaking at the 15th Mike Okonkwo Annual Memorial Lecture, titled; "The Power of Your Vote: A Catalyst for a Stable and United Nigeria," Ezeigbo lamented the poor usage of English language among students.
"It is a pity, that our students are no longer intelligent as before as the standard of education is falling day-by-day," she said.
"It is imperative that every student must know how to read and write effectively.
The Professor argued that student's proficiency in English is directly related to their academic performance in other subjects, which are taught in same language.
"If a student is not good at English, he or she might not do well in other subjects, because they still need English to express their thoughts."
Ezeigbo pointed out that most English language teachers are themselves not well grounded, hence their inability to teach their pupils.
"Many teachers of English Language are incompetent; most of them do not have a degree in English Language.
"They are not just good enough but we keep on pushing them.
"That is why majority of our secondary school students are not doing well."
Winners of the Mike Okonkwo National Essay competition for secondary school students were also awarded their prizes at the occasion.
The first prize was won by a 17-year-old SS II student of Apapa Senior High School, Apapa, Miss Patience Brown.
Brown got N100,000 cash, a plaque and a laptop.