Minister seeks review of curriculum, express concern over shortage of teachers
In a bid to improve the quality of education in Nigeria and other African countries, the Minister of Education, Mallam Adamu Adamu, yesterday, called on relevant stakeholders in the teaching profession to design ways to review the curriculum.
According to the minister, curriculum that would equip learners, with the right set of skills to survive in a harsh economic environment should be the priority of professionals .
While delivering his keynote speech at the seventh conference of the Africa Federation of Teaching Regulatory Authorities (AFTRA) in Abuja, Adamu maintained that a good education system in any given country relies heavily on the quality of teachers available.
The minister said: “ Beside the quality of teachers, what is to be taught is also critical in shaping the product of any education system. No matter the quality of teachers, and no matter the quality for the environment for teaching, if the curriculum is faulty, the product will also the faulty.”
Adamu urged stakeholders to develop a unified strategy for developing a living curriculum .
He called on the stakeholders to work out visible plans to ‘hire and retain’ teachers to increase teaching delivery and efficiency.
The Registrar/Chief Executive of the Teachers Registration Council of Nigeria (TRCN), Josiah Olusegun Ajiboye, emphasised the need for sound and quality education, adding that the security and stability of a country is hinged on “its ability to provide functional education to its citizenry.”
Also, Head of Education, World Bank, Dr. Tunde Adekola, on behalf of the Bank Country Director for Nigeria, Rachid Benmessaoud, said the World Bank has done a lot of projects in respect to education in Nigeria, adding that the World Bank will continue to support teachers’ development in the country.
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