Lagos government begins review of secondary school curriculum
Amid complaint on the curriculum being used at primary and secondary school levels, the Lagos State government has begun moves to review them to meet current trends.
Over 200 teachers from various schools in the state met recently to review the senior secondary schools unified schemes of work to actualise conformity with the present reality and the envisaged turn-around of the sector.
In her address, the commissioner for education, Mrs. Folasade Adefisayo commended the teachers who she said were specially selected for the week-long review programme, and explained that these schemes of work are statutory reference materials essentially needed in both public and private schools nationally to plan their daily, weekly and termly subject lessons and other academic activities.
“Every secondary school in Lagos State uses the schemes of work for their daily teaching and learning process. No effective teaching and learning can take place in schools without recourse to it since all topics and scopes of the lessons to be taught are drawn from it.”
She acknowledged the versatility and understanding of the subjects by the teachers and stressed that the rigour, strength and basic intelligence of the Nigerian child in schools cannot be undermined, just as learning cannot be confined to the archaic and outdated curriculum.
Adefisayo harped on continually building and improving on the curriculum which points at the need to stem the tide of an impending crisis in teaching and learning, adding that teachers are to prepare students for the future work place, equip them with necessary core skills and techniques to enable them to compete with their counterparts around the world.
Adefisayo harped on the six core skills essential to the development of individuals that are crucial in child development. These are critical thinking and problem-solving; creativity and imagination, citizenship, communication and collaboration, digital literacy, leadership, and personal development.
Permanent Secretary, Mrs. Abosede Adelaja charged participants to see the programme as an opportunity to instill new skills and learning experiences for the 21st century.
She affirmed that it is the prerogative of the curriculum services department to review and produce the schemes whenever there is a change in the Nigeria Education Research Development Council (NERDC) national curriculum.
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