13 March 2009

Nigeria: NCE Approves New Curriculum for Senior Secondary Schools

Lagos — The National Council on Education has approved a new curriculum for senior secondary schools across the country with effect from September 2011.

The Executive Secretary of the Nigerian Educational Research and Development Council (NERDC), Professor Godswill Obioma, gave the information on Wednesday in Lagos.

Speaking at the sensitisation and advocacy workshop for civil society and media organisations, Obioma explained that the programme involved the introduction of new core subjects for senior secondary schools.

The curriculum, according to him, will now contain five compulsory subjects namely English language, mathematics, trade/entrepreneurship, civic education and ICT/computer.

"The curriculum included 34 distinct trades out of which every student is expected to offer one as a core subject with other four compulsory cross cutting subjects," he said.

Obioma explained that the curriculum had been divided into four distinct fields of study - science and mathematics; humanities; technology and business studies.

"Pupils could select three or four subjects for specialisation," the NERDC boss said, adding that the curriculum had been structured to accommodate academic and vocational programmes.

"This would help the Federal Government to achieve its seven-point agenda and the National Economic Empowerment and Development Strategy (NEEDS)," he explained.

Obioma enumerated some merits of the new curriculum to include enabling the pupils to acquire a functional trade and entrepreneurship skill, irrespective of their fields of specialisation.

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