The Nigerian Education Research and Development Council (NERDC) on Thursday, said the revised Nine-year Basic Education curriculum was not a replacement of the 6-3-3-4 education system.
Mrs Mildred Otu-Bassey, Head, NERDC South-West Zone, told newsmen that the clarification was necessary because of the misconception that the curriculum was designed to replace the 6-3-3-4 system.
In a statement made available to The Tide, Out-Bassey said though the new curriculum covers pupils from primary 1 to junior secondary school, it still operates within the confines of the 6-3-3-4 system.
“The revised Nine-Year Basic education curriculum does not mean pupils would spend nine years in primary school as being erroneously insinuated in some quarters.
“It is still 6-3-3-4 and not 9-3-4, pupils will spend the normal six years in primary school and three years in the junior secondary school. So, no system has changed”.
She continued, “the idea behind the revised curriculum is to give pupils functional basic education from the first year in the primary school to junior secondary III in line with today’s realities and needs”, she said.
The NERDC zonal head expressed regret that despite the approval by the National Council of Education (NCE) for the implementation of the curriculum in 2008, some schools were yet to comply.
Otu-Bassey, therefore urged administrators of private and public schools to ensure the implementation of the nine-year curriculum to fully realise its goal pf giving qualitative education to pupils.
She announced that the implementation of the revised senior secondary curriculum would commence as from 2011.
According to her, the commencement of the curriculum is delayed till 2011 to allow students undergoing the nine-year universal basic education curriculum to enter into senior secondary level.
Meanwhile, Mr Geoffery Chukwu, NERDC Head of Research, South West zone, has given assurance that subjects introduced in the new curriculum like civic education and Basic science and technology should pose no problems to the teachers.
Reacting to calls by stakeholders for special training of teachers on these new subjects, Chukwu said though the subjects were new, they were, however, carved out of existing subjects.
“I subscribe to the training of teachers because it will no doubt improve efficiency. But special training on the new subjects included in the revised curriculum should not be a big issue.”
“Teachers are already familiar with the subjects because they were carved out of existing subjects. Civic education is an aspect of social studies, while basic science is more or less integrated science. So they are not new in the real sense.”
Proprietors Call For Improved Education Sector
The National Association of Proprietors of Private Schools has emphasised the need for a better and quality education sector.
Speaking at a virtual meeting, National President, NAPPS, Mr Yomi Otubela, revealed that the 2022 annual NAPPS International Conference and Exhibition was titled, “ Revamping Africa’s education for sustainable development: Private education perspective,” would discuss and proffer suggestions to the development of education.
”It will provide an avenue for the association to host a flood of participants, comprising school proprietors from across different states of Nigeria and outside the country with the participation of invited parents, private/public school teachers, government dignitaries, multinational organisations, foreign partners, exhibitors, and various stakeholders.
“The event will hold between November 29th and 1st of December, 2022 at the JOGOR CENTRE 1, off Ring Road, Ibadan, Oyo State,” he said.
He added that the Vice President of the Federal Republic of Nigeria, Prof. Yemi Osinbajo would deliver the keynote address, while the Governor of Oyo state, Mr Seyi Makinde would be the Special Guest of honour/host Governor.
“NAPPS International Conference and Exhibition will feature various programmes of interest such as a Master Class programme for school owners, teachers and professionals in the education sector, public lectures from erudite speakers, the exhibition of products and services from local to multinational companies, award ceremonies for distinguished members of the society and the association, policy decisions to impact education positively.
“Distinguished and eminent personalities from the political space, academics, and consulting, have been invited to grace the event as it promises to be refreshing and rewarding, “ he said.
$250,000 Orld’s Best School Prizes Open
The World’s Best School Prizes, founded by T4 Education is now open to Nigerian schools.
A statement by the organisation said the prize was in collaboration with the world’s most prestigious education prizes including Accenture, American Express, Yayasan Hasanah, Templeton World Charity Foundation, and the Lemann Foundation.
It revealed that there were five prizes schools could apply for, namely The World’s Best School Prize for Community Collaboration, The World’s Best School Prize for Environmental Action, The World’s Best School Prize for Innovation, The World’s Best School Prize for Overcoming Adversity, and The World’s Best School Prize for Supporting Healthy Lives.
Founder of T4 Education and the World’s Best School Prizes, Vikas Pota, said governments must ensure quality education is a right, not a luxury.
Governments must take urgent action to tackle the global education crisis and ensure quality education is a right, not a luxury.
”We founded the World’s Best School Prizes to create the conversations that lead to lasting change. Conversations between educators learning from one another’s vital solutions, and conversations in the halls and corridors of power where leaders must sit up and listen to those on the front.
Nigerian Lecturer At Ugandan University Sacked Over Sex-For-Marks Scandal …As Accused Denies Allegation, Says He Is Yet To Be Served
The head of the Department of Economics and Statistics in the Faculty of Economics and Management Sciences at Kabale University, in the Western Region of Uganda, Dr Nafiu Lukman Abiodun, has been sacked after being found guilty of sexual harassment.
Abiodun, a Nigerian, who is also the Director of Research at the university was interdicted mid-year to pave way for investigations into complaints that he was demanding sex from female students in exchange for marks.
It was gathered Abiodun gave retakes to female students who refuse to cooperate with him.
Abiodun, however ran of luck when some of the female students recorded him demanding sex on phone.
According to a letter addressed to him on November 11 by the secretary of the institution, Canon Johnson Munono Byaryant.3uma, investigations found him guilty of sexual harassment, failure to follow examination regulations and professional guidance.
“I regret to inform you that the Appointments Board of Kabale University Under Min.598160/AB/21122 found you guilty of Sexual Harassment, failure to follow examination regulations, and professional negligence. The board therefore directed you be severely reprimanded and your interdiction be lifted,” reads the letter.
“The board further resolved not to renew your contract as a senior lecturer of Statistics when it expires on 11 November 2022. You are therefore required to hand over all university property in your possession to the dean of the faculty of Economics and Management Science in the presence of the financial auditor,” it added.
The chancellor of Kabale University, Joy Constance Kwesiga, confirmed the development when contacted on Sunday November 13, but declined to divulge details, saying that the institution had information that Dr Abiodun might petition the court.
When contacted for his reaction, Dr Abioudun claimed that he was yet to receive the letter terminating his services.
He dismissed the accusations levied against him but declined to discuss the details.
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