15 November 2012

Nigeria: Stakeholders Seek Educational Reforms

In a conscious effort to address the numerous problems facing the nation's educational sector, stakeholders within the sector gathered at a two-day conference to x-ray the issues affecting the development of education in Nigeria and find efficient ways of addressing them.

The international conference organized by Quality Assurance and Research Development Agency Nigeria (QAARDAN), in collaboration with HARAMBEE and the Lagos Business School, had the theme: The school, the family, the student, a harmonious triad for successful educational achievement and nation building.

Considering that quite recently the Nigerian educational system underwent a review with some changes incorporated into the curriculum, the curriculum was examined to know if it integrates the two tenets of Nigerian education: character and learning, if character education has been given enough prominence and how it is going to bring about the needed change in educational system.

Addressing the gathering, the Executive Director, QAARDAN, Mrs. Theresa Okafor, noted that the conference is meant to give those in the educational system a platform to discuss the challenges they face in forming character and also enable them come up with concrete resolutions to move the sector forward.

Dr. Ismail Junaidu, Director, Curriculum Development Center, Nigeria Educational Research and Development Council (NERDC), said "over the years, as the society changes so are the aims and goals of education, culminating in series of edition of the national policy of education and invariably the content of education in Nigeria.

"The new Nigeria school curriculum is designed to drive the development of appropriate skills for social, economic and moral transformation, it is expected that a community of Nigerian youths with great intellectual, entrepreneurial skills character values will emerge, by proving support and foundation for higher education if well implemented."

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