PHOTO CREDIT: THE FRANKLINS
In primary school, at a time I was the class prefect. I had an “almost” long list of duties that I enjoyed, of which the unforgettable and most interesting ones were cleaning the blackboard and writing boldly with a white chalk “VERNACULAR IN THIS CLASS IS HIGHLY PROHIBITED!!!” This implies that anyone who doesn’t comply with “rule” of speaking English Language will be penalised. I only had to write down their names and watch them carry out their sanctions and there were cases I was at the other end having a taste of the sanctions as the “rule breaker”. English was the only acceptable language in the classroom but we took it outside the classroom and tagged Igbo speakers “local”.