URHOBO LANGUAGE SUSTENANCE: HOPE RISES AS COMMISSIONER PROMISES TO DEPLOY URHOBO TEACHERS TO SECONDARY SCHOOLS!
This came on the heels of the recent discovery by UPYA/ACLEVS, the managers of the Dr Ovie Ughwanogho Annual Urhobo Challenge which revealed that over 75% of schools in Urhobo land do not have Urhobo teachers. The danger of the observation is that, in line with UNESCO prediction of the Urhobo language going into extinction come 2030, the language would gradually fade away if nothing is done about it!
You would recall upon discovering this vacuum about 3 months ago, we made moves to provide solution by getting a database of about 100 graduands from DELSU languages and Linguistics (Urhobo Option). There after, we interviewed many of them who agreed to teach the language when called upon.
Premised upon the forgoing, we made an open publication to well meaning Urhobos for financial partnership to enable us pay these intending Urhobo teachers but to no avail!
However, during the final/prize giving ceremony of the just concluded Dr OVIE UGHWANOGHO ANNUAL URHOBO CHALLENGE 2017 which took place at the assembly hall of Government College, Ughelli , the Commissioner for basic and secondary education, Dr Chiedu Ebie who was ably represented by Mr David Onokpe (the Perm. Sec) promised to deploy Urhobo teachers to such schools where URHOBO teachers are lacking !
The commissioner made this promise in response to the report presented by Marcus Ekure, the President of UPYA in the course of his opening remarks. The honourable commissioner concluded by saying UPYA team should come along to Asaba with the database of qualified URHOBO teachers at its disposal who would be deployed to schools.