Stakeholders Suggests Review Of Senior School Schools Curriculum

Education Stakeholders in Nasarawa State met on Monday in Lafia to deliberate on modalities for the review of Senior Secondary Schools curriculum.

Speaking at the meeting convened by the National Education Research and Development Council (NERDC) Hajiya Fati Sabo, Commissioner for Education, Science and Technology, said that the review of the curriculum was long overdue.

The Commissioner represented by Usman Abu, Permanent Secretary (PS) of the ministry, said that the curriculum was last reviewed 11 years ago, hence the need for another exercise.

“Given the changes that had taken place and still taking since the last time the curriculum was reviewed, there is the need to review it in order to accommodate current trends.

“Attention now is being shifted to technological and entrepreneurship, hence the need also to focus on the current trend of development,” the Commissioner added.

Sabo, therefore, called on education stakeholders, especially teachers to avail the officials from the NERDC with the correct information as they would go to the field with the view to  developing the new curriculum.

On his parts, Kokoh Teryima, Deputy Director, National Examinations Council (NECO), Lafia office, lamented that Nasarawa state government was paying lip service to educational development in the state.

He said as a field worker, who supervised examination across the state, most facilities and the condition of some teachers were horrible.

“When you do not promote the implementers of the curriculum and give priority to their welfare, how do you expect them to put in their best,” he said.

He, therefore, appealed to the state government to give priority to the welfare of teachers as the motivating factor  that would lead to the success of the implementation of the curriculum.

On his parts, Yusuf Iya, Chairman of Nigeria Labour Congress (NLC) in the state, commended Gov. Abdullahi Sule for taking steps towards the implementation of the new minimum wage and 10 years promotion for civil servants.

He expressed hope that when the reports of the committees constituted recently were submitted and implemented it would boost the morale of  civil servants and teachers to implement the curriculum.

Earlier, Dr Ayodele Asebiono, Deputy Director Research, NERDC, said that the organization was in Nasarawa to carry out the need assessment of the current curriculum with the view of getting inputs from Stakeholders on the process for its review.

He explained that the team, which had three days to complete its assignment, would visit 12 schools in the three senatorial zones of the state.

“In each senatorial zone, we will visit four schools each to get data from 24 teachers from each of the schools,” Ayodele added.

He, therefore, appealed to the teachers to supply them with accurate information that would help the review of the curriculum.

The meeting had in attendance, representatives of Academic Staff Union of Secondary Schools; Parents, Teachers Association; private schools among others.


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