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News - North Central - FCT Updated: June 06, 2024

Reps to review schools curriculum

By Hadiza Musa Yusuf
June 06, 2024
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Nigerian primary, secondary, and tertiary institutions may soon witness an overhaul in their curricula. 

This follows a resolution by the House of Representatives during a plenary session on Thursday. 

The motion, titled “Review of the Nigerian Curriculum for Primary and Secondary Schools in line with Current Global Market Needs and Contemporary Realities,” was moved by Bamidele Salam, a People's Democratic Party member from Osun State.

In his address, Salam highlighted the inadequacies of Nigeria’s current curriculum compared to those in more advanced nations. 

He argued that although the curriculum imparts knowledge, it “prioritizes rote learning over practical skills like critical thinking and problem-solving, which are very crucial in the current labour market.”

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Salam pointed out that the traditional curriculum places a heavy emphasis on national subjects, which could limit students' exposure to global perspectives necessary for navigating an interconnected world. 

He noted that the existing curriculum does not sufficiently develop critical thinking and problem-solving skills, unlike those in advanced economies, which focus on fostering analytical abilities and encouraging innovative solutions.

“The curriculum in developed nations often integrates practical training and exposure to real-world scenarios, preparing students for the specific demands of the job market,” which contrasts with Nigeria’s current educational approach.

“Integrating technology effectively into the learning process is crucial for success in today’s world,” Salam continued. He emphasized the need for significant improvements in resource allocation and teacher training in Nigeria to match the standards of technologically advanced countries,” he said.

Salam expressed concern that the traditional curriculum may not adequately equip graduates for the dynamic labour market.

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He stressed the need for a comprehensive review of educational programs at all levels. 

He criticized the curriculum for prioritizing theoretical knowledge and rote memorization over practical skills, leaving Nigerian graduates unprepared for workplace expectations.

“The Nigerian curriculum, compared to advanced countries, lacks sufficient technology integration, thus hindering digital literacy skills necessary to thrive in a tech-driven world,” he added. Salam also noted that the rigid curriculum structure limits student exploration and overlooks global perspectives, potentially hindering graduates’ adaptability and competitiveness.

Following the resolution, the House urged the Federal Ministry of Education, in conjunction with State Ministries of Education, to “conduct a comprehensive review of the curriculum across primary, secondary, and tertiary institutions.” 

The lawmakers also called on the federal government to align the curriculum with evolving global market demands, emphasizing critical thinking, problem-solving, digital literacy, and adaptability.

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Additionally, the House called for the integration of practical applications, the promotion of critical thinking and innovation, and the enhancement of digital literacy. 

They also urged the Federal Government to address resource disparities and ensure equitable access to qualified teachers, updated learning materials, and proper infrastructure.

Consequently, the House mandated the Federal Ministry of Education to review its implementation strategy on the national policy of education.

The motion was referred to the House Committees on Basic Education and Services, as well as University Education, to ensure compliance.

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