The Minister of Women Affairs and Social Development, Aisha Alhassan, has revealed the government’s efforts to teach the recently released Chibok schoolgirls how to speak proper English.

While receiving the recently rescued 82 Chibok schoolgirls in Abuja on Tuesday, she said that they have also employed 20 teachers to take the girls through remedial classes.

This, according to her, is to help them catch up, having missed three years of school.

“I thank the teachers and vocational trainers for training them. The 24 girls who could not speak good English, can now speak good English and I am sure by the time they handle the new ones (82), they will also speak good English and will be able to pass JAMB, WASSCE and NECO when they go back to school,” the minister stated.

She added that the rehabilitation of the girls is planned to be completed by September when they would be enrolled in school.

“We are going to keep them till the school year starts in September. Dr. Anne (Okoroafor) said they are both medically and psychologically stable. The therapy will go on for four months till September when they will be enrolled in school.

“Therefore, the programme will last from now till September when they would be in school. By then, they would have overcome the trauma.”

Meanwhile, Punch reports that due to their poor academic foundation, some of the girls might have to return to junior secondary school.

However, the girls would be taught skilled and semi-skilled labour - handcrafts, including sewing and baking to enable them to be more economically productive.

The minister added that the girls and their parents consented to the arrangements.

The UNFPA, through its Deputy Representative in Nigeria, Mr. Eugene Kongnyuy, has promised to support the Federal Government.