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‘Quest for industrial revolution lies in robust educational policy’

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For the country to achieve the desired industrial revolution, there is an urgent need to critically examine the educational curriculum and overhaul the entire system.Director, New Hall International School, Lekki, Lagos, Biodun Agbaje, in a chat with The Guardian maintained that education is the key to the nation’s industrial transformation.
 
Agbaje posited that the transformation cuts across technological, economic, social, cultural and political development of human communities particularly those of developing societies like Nigeria, hence teaching and learning imust be structured to fit these trends. He explained that since education in the generic and global context, is seen as a strategic instrument for social and economic transformation, the focus of the system therefore, must shift to the development of the human capital required to meet present and future challenges of globalisation and knowledge economy.    
   
He said, “There is no gainsaying the fact that  government recognises this fact and has consistently said that the economy could only be transformed through education which empowers and guarantees  the technological advancement of the country. 
 
“But the current national educational curriculum lacks the capacity to achieve the quest for industrial revolution. It puts our country far behind international standard. The reasons for this are obvious and range from inconsistencies in the federal, state and local government educational policies as well as poor budgetary allocation to the sector. 
 
“These have culminated in poor national infrastructure, lack of modern teaching facilities, inadequate classrooms and a non-conducive learning environment.   Besides, well-trained teachers and administrators are lacking in our public educational institutions.” “Everything points to the fact that we are not yet prepared to join the world in the quest for fourth industrial revolution until and unless our policy makers see education as a game changer and direct the nation’s resources to address these challenges.
 
He however lauded the efforts of private institutions which he said have assisted in the nation’s quest for industrial revolution.“ The truth of the matter is that the seeming hope for the country to achieve anything close to industrial revolution for now lies with the private schools and New Hall International Schools fervently stands for this and very much equipped for this challenge. 

“The school was established to create the missing link between foreign and local system of education, provide a better alternative to wholesome foreign curriculum or the national curriculum by impacting knowledge through a broad and balanced curriculum, through an affordable alternative for those who desire international education curriculum within the country and to also encourage the awareness of moral, religious, political, social and environmental issues in the world.  
 
“Over the years, we strive to bring the best of international educational content to add to best of Nigerian curriculum which earned our earlier heroes like Professors Wole Soyinka, Chinua Achebe, Hezekiah Oluwasanmi, Aboyade Cole etc, the rightful place in the world stage in education. 

For us at Newhall, aside the exceptional services that covers academic and extracurricular activities in line with the school motto of “Strive and Ahead and Above,” students who passed through the school are adequately equipped not just for their next educational pursuit but also they equip them with life skills that will stimulate in students a strong desire to become world citizens who have a sense of honour, discipline, and compassion.”


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