A man has accused a Lagos school of refusing to admit his maid into the secondary school just because she is not an indigene of the state.
The man, who is not based in the country at the moment, but had his wife take the young girl to the school, was shocked when she reported to him that the school maintained that they only admit indigenes of Lagos state.
The obviously angered man took to a certain Facebook page to express his anger at what he reffered to as gross tribalism. He was however berated by some member of the group who claimed that was not true.
But the man insisted and wondered how he could just formulate such. He responded to the critci saying he wasn’t told about the incident, but it happened to his family.
You would recall that February this year the Governor of Lagos state, His Excellency Mr. Akinwunmi Ambode formally signed a bill into law “to provide for the preservation and promotion of the use of Yoruba Language and for connected purposes,” thereby making it the first state to enact law seeking to preserve and promote its indigenous language.
The yoruba language preservation law made it compulsory for all primary and secondary schools – private or public – in the state to include teaching of Yoruba Language as a core subject at all levels. According to the government, violation of the law will attract a fine of N500,000 or complete closure of the school.
More also, candidates seeking admission into all tertiary institutions in Lagos state must henceforth possess credit in Yoruba Language.
However, whether the new law which was trailed with mixed reactions has snowballed into discrimination of students in regard to admission or the management of the government owned schools are using it to deprive indigenes of other states is yet unknown.