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FG set to revise secondary school curriculum

THE federal government seems set to overhaul the secondary school curriculum introduced in 2011.

Stakeholders are concerned that secondary school graduates in Nigeria lack the employable and required skills to function well in society, as these artisans and other skilled workers are imported into the country from neighboring countries.

Nigerian Tribune found that even though the federal government had approved the compulsory inclusion of business subjects in the secondary school curriculum and entrepreneurship education in the tertiary curriculum as part of efforts to address the skills gap, most schools in the country lack qualified teachers. and teaching materials for the effective handling of the 37 business topics.

The Executive Secretary of the National Senior Secondary Education Commission (NSSEC), Dr Benjamin Abakpa, however, said his commission was determined to reverse the trend.

He revealed that the federal government was already reviewing the curricula used for teaching and learning in secondary schools across the country.

He revealed that the Nigerian Educational Research and Development Council (NERDC) had been instructed to work with other relevant government agencies to undertake the curriculum review, adding that NSSEC is one of the agencies collaborating with NERDC. to reach this goal.

Abakpa spoke at a three-day sensitization and advocacy program organized for education stakeholders in the North Central Geopolitical Zone of Benue State.

NERDC Executive Secretary Ismail Junaidu recently confirmed the development when he said there was a need to restructure, realign and revise the current program which was introduced in 2011 to meet the current global development challenge.

“Ten years after the introduction of the current SSE program, you will agree with me that times have changed, the world has evolved, new ideas have been created. Knowledge has advanced, new goals have been set, new skills have emerged and new technologies have been developed.

“The only way to catch up with these changes and create opportunities for our children to learn new skills and competencies is to provide them with the required learning experiences through curriculum review.”

According to him, the goal of the council is not only to develop a program that meets the needs of the present, but “that will also allow us to create the future that we desire as a people”.

Speaking further, the NSSEC boss said the commission had been mandated to revamp the upper secondary education system to meet the global minimum standard and had come up with realistic strategies to achieve the target.

“NSSEC’s vision statement revolves around equipping our senior high school students with quality life-skills-based knowledge for global competitiveness.

“The NSSEC is also mandated to support senior secondary schools in providing a well-rounded education system that produces well-rounded, confident, intelligent and responsible young people who are ready to fulfill their potential for meaningful national development,” did he declare.

Abakpa noted that “the Act establishing the NSSEC prescribes minimum national standards for secondary education throughout Nigeria, manages the national fund for secondary education and other related matters.”

He said that to address the problem of half-baked graduates in the system, one of the steps taken is to partner with NERDC to provide a well-reviewed and balanced curriculum that will boost quality learning while encouraging students to take up academic challenges through thinking skills.

Abakpa has also requested support from the World Bank in the area of ​​strengthening the skills of upper secondary teachers in the various 37 business subjects as part of efforts to address the challenge of the skills gap in secondary education.

He expressed optimism that the strategies adopted would greatly help in addressing some of the challenges facing upper secondary education.

He also called for the support of all stakeholders to work with the NSSEC to ensure that the lost glory of senior secondary education is fully restored.

He explained that “the Commission has the responsibility, among other things, to set minimum standards and ensure that secondary education meets the needs of the country as well as global competitiveness.”

Abakpa said the commission is embarking on sensitization and advocacy across the country to bring all stakeholders into the project.

He also revealed that the commission is trying to develop an accurate database for all senior secondary schools in the country to enable it to plan well for them.

Meanwhile, Benue State Deputy Governor Benson Abounu in his remarks applauded the federal government for resuscitating the law that established the NSSEC and tasked the commission to render its services for all and to not be selective in their work.

He encouraged the NSSEC leadership to ensure that its repositioning mandate for upper secondary education is updated.

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