ENGLISH LANGUAGE AS MEDIUM OF INSTRUCTION IN NIGERIAN PRIVATE SCHOOLS AS PERCEIVED BY TEACHERS AND PARENTS
1Gbègninou T. Kodjo Sonou, 2Chinelo Nwokolo, & 3Oluwayemisi F. Fatiloro
1Pan African University Institute, Porto-Novo 2Federal University of Petroleum, Effurn, Delta State
3Federal College of Education (Special), Oyo, Oyo State
This study investigated the teachers’ and parents’ reasons for their perceived preference for the use of English language as medium of instruction in Nigerian private schools. Two research questions and one null hypothesis guided the study based on its specific objectives. The descriptive survey research design was used, with a total number of 82 participants (50 teachers; 32 parents). The teachers were purposively selected, while random sampling technique was used to select the parents. Data were collected through two self-designed validated and reliable instruments namely “Perceptions of Teachers about Preferring English as Medium of Instruction Scale (PTPEMIS)” and Perceptions of Parents about Preferring English as Medium of Instruction Scale (PPPEMIS)”. Results showed that majority of the participants in the study have positive preference for the use of English as medium of instruction as confirmed by the grand mean of 3.04 and 3.17 for the teachers and the parents respectively. Also, there was significant difference in parents’ and teachers’ perceptions (t= .312; p<.05; df=80). The mean score of parents (Mean= 28.53; SD= 2.65) is greater than that of teachers (Mean= 24.65; SD= 2.54). Parents and teachers are positively disposed to using English as medium of instruction, though, their perceptions still differ. It was therefore recommended among others that governments at all levels should see to the effective implementation of nation’s NPE that have to do with the use of English at the upper levels appropriately and to the letter.