‘No plan to scrap education programmes in varsities’
Chairman of the Universities Education Curriculum Review Committee, Prof. Peter Okebukola, has faulted the notion in certain quarters that government would scrap education programme in universities across the country.
Okebukola, a former Executive Secretary of the National Universities Commission (NUC) and Chairman, Governing Council, National Open University of Nigeria (NOUN), described those peddling such rumour as mischief-makers.
He insisted that his committee did not propose scrapping of some university undergraduate programmes like Educational Administration &Planning (or Educational Management), Guidance and Counseling and Early Childhood Education/Primary Education.
In a statement, Okebukola declared that rather than scrapping, all the current programmes in Education were being maintained and strengthened. Accordingly, he urged members of the public to ignore the unsubstantiated rumours.
The statement reads in part: “It is fake news! No programme is being scrapped in Education. All current programmes in Education are being maintained and strengthened.
“Instead, new programmes are being proposed for Education to respond to the needs of our great country for teachers who are nationally relevant and globally competitive. Since studies have consistently shown that Education graduates who have no teaching subject reflected in their certificates have had challenges with employment and even placement for teaching practice, the Education Curriculum Group, after consultations with stakeholders, including members of the Nigerian Academic of Education, has agreed to recommend to NUC that as much as possible and where applicable, Education programmes should have a component of a teaching subject.”
Okebukola said “the purveyors of the fake news were not aware of these developments and instead of cross-checking the facts, they went about misleading the public in a most disingenuous way”.
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