The English Language and Education in Nigeria


In this paper, the author examines the place of English in Nigeria vis-à-vis the National Policy on Education. She observes that despite arguments to the contrary, English has been given a pride of place in the Nigerian educational system; it is unofficially the lingua franca and the first language of the younger generation. The author opines that the domesticated version of English used by educated Nigerians be accepted and taught in the educational system.