Vanguard (Lagos)

19 December 2012

Nigeria: Dysfunctional Curricular Structures Responsible for Sundry Crimes

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Educationists, school administrators and stakeholders in the education sector who gathered at the 26th annual All Nigeria Confederation of Principals of Secondary Schools, (ANCOPSS) congress have blamed the rise in sundry crimes on the dysfunctional curricular structures in schools.

Speaking on the theme, Functional Education in Nigeria: Vocational and Technical Education Approach, the guest speaker, Dr. Ebun Vonlonfoun, explained that most products of Nigerian education system are so theoretically circumscribed and book-bound in their thinking and orientation.

"Our dysfunctional educational curricular structures that does not promote youth entrepreneurship, innovate skills and virile apprenticeship schemes is responsible for political violence, social insecurity and sundry crimes in most part of the country."

Lamenting that the number of years most job-seekers waste in looking for jobs is enough to develop the skills they have acquired or to build their relevant careers, Vonlonfoun called for an urgent and aggressively approach to improve on the administration of vocational and technical education in Nigeria that would translate to rapid technological development of the nation.

In his welcome address, President of ANCOPSS, Mr. Albert B. Philip, noted that the professional body has a sole aim of raising the standard of secondary education in Nigeria.

He noted that as nation builders, principals and teachers remain committed to the ideals of education not as trade unions but partners in progress with the various governments.

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