Chairman, Kwara State Arabic Education Board, Dr. AbulKadir Oba-Solagberu has urged the federal government and relevant stakeholders in the education sector to adopt and promote teaching and learning of Arabic language in schools across the country.
Dr. Oba-Solagberu stated this in Ilorin yesterday while speaking to journalists in preparation for the 2016 mock examination for Arabic students in the state.
He noted that teaching and learning of Arabic language had nothing to do with religion, stressing that the skill became necessary owing to the demand for diversification of knowledge due to globalisation and technological advancement.
“There is need to integrate teaching/learning of Arabic knowledge in the Nigerian education curriculum as this will promote self-reliance, economic independence and enhance self-esteem,” he observed
Oba-Solagberu further disclosed that Arabic education was not meant for Muslims alone, noting that some experts in the language were non-Muslims due to the fact that it is an international language.
The chairman further stressed that majority of Nigerians now go to foreign countries such as India, Malaysia, Qatar, Kuwait, China and Saudi-Arabia among other countries in the Middle East and Asia for post-graduate studies.
He said: “Unfortunately, such students only rely on English language as the only medium of communication and interaction, not minding other nationals coming from different backgrounds, races and continents.”
Speaking on the forthcoming 2016 mock examination, Oba-Solagberu noted that “the Governor Abdulfatah Ahmed-led government has put mechanism in place to sponsor no fewer than 800 candidates for the 2016 National Board of Arabic Examination which is the equivalent of the National Examination Council, NECO, in western education.”

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