History Back In Nigeria’s Basic Education Curriculum

Nigeria, Education, Adamu Adamu,The Nigerian government has re-introduced History as a subject in primary and secondary schools across the country.

The re-introduction followed the criticisms that trailed the suspension of the teaching of history in the curriculum of basic education.

In 2010, it was merged with social studies in basic education curriculum.

However, the Minister of Education, Mr Adamu Adamu, said the re-introduction had become imperative given the critical nature of history to the nation’s socio-political development.

The struggle for Nigeria’s independence was a milestone in Nigeria’s history. It is a key component of Nigeria’s nationhood and succeeding generations need to have that understanding.

Teaching these historical perspectives of Nigeria will help young ones appreciate the nation better and understand their identity, according to those involved in transferring these knowledges.

A history teacher, Samuel Ikechukwu, hailed the reintroduction, saying that young Nigerians would have been deprived the opportunity of understanding the journey of the nation and its political history if the subject was totally left out.

About six years ago, the government scrapped history as a core subject in primary and secondary schools. It was subsumed into social studies.

But the present administration believes that history, as a core subject, will help children at the earliest stage become well enlightened on the unity in diversity status of Nigeria.

To further foster unity and tolerance, the government is also considering making the study of Christian Religious Knowledge and Islamic Religious Knowledge compulsory for senior secondary schools.

Nigeria Restores History Into Education Curricula

Nigeria, Education, School, HistoryThe Nigerian Government has reintroduced history as a core subject in the primary and secondary schools’ curricula.

The Federal Government also restored history as a stand-alone course at the tertiary level.

The reintroduction comes after the subject was earlier merged with social studies, following complains that pupils and students no longer like to study the course.

The Minister of Education, Adamu Adamu, who disagreed with the rational, made the announcement on Thursday in Abuja, Nigeria’s capital.

Mr Adamu stated that no nation would progress without recourse to its past.

He added that given the critical nature of Nigeria’s history and the effect it could have on the nation at present and in the future, it has become imperative to reintroduce history as a core subject.

The Permanent Secretary at the Ministry of Education, Folashade Yemi-Esan, on her part, corroborated the minister’s remarks.

She expressed hope that the restoration would help the young citizens learn and appreciate the diversity of Nigeria as a country.

Yemi-Esan added that it would also serve as a medium to reduce the incidences of religious and ethnic intolerance.

FG Commits To Tackling Menace Of Unqualified Teachers

Unqualified Teachers, FGThe Nigerian Government has reiterated its commitment to tackling the issue of unqualified teachers as part of efforts to arrest the dwindling fortunes of the nation’s education sector.

The Minister of Education, Mr Adamu Adamu, made the declaration at the 61st meeting of the National Council on Education in Abuja.

He said “without adequate and qualified teachers, the goal of having an education system that produces quality graduates who can compete globally, cannot be achieved”.

The Executive Secretary of the National Universities Commission, Professor Abubakar Rasheed, also advocated the need for teachers to improve themselves in order to impart quality knowledge.

In a meeting held earlier in September, the education ministry has stated its plan to align with the contemporary world and its focus on education “as an instrument of launching nations into the world of science and technology, with consequential hope of human advancement in terms of living conditions and development of the environment”.

According to the ministry, “a nation develops in relation to its achievement in education”.

Nigeria Commits To Reducing Number Of Out-Of-School Children

Nigeria On Out Of School ChildrenThe Federal Government says Nigeria is committed to reducing the number of out of school children by the year 2030.

The declaration follows prediction by the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organisation (UNESCO) that Nigeria may not achieve the Sustainable Development Goal for education by 2030.

This was revealed in a report launched on Monday in Abuja by the Minister of Education, Mr Adamu Adamu, at a gathering of experts, government officials and other key players in the education sector.

The Global Education Monitoring Report for 2016, prepared by UNESCO, stated that Nigeria might not achieve universal primary education until 2070.

The report examined how countries would achieve the target and also checked the present status of countries on education globally and where they would be by 2030.

The Director at UNESCO’s Abuja Regional Office, Benoit Sossou, called for increased access to quality basic education as a way of addressing the problem.

Mr Adamu, however, reaffirmed that the Federal Government was committed to ensuring Nigeria meets the 2030 target by reducing the number of out of school children.

On his part, the Minister of State for Education, Professor Anthony Anwukiah, also insisted that the 2030 education agenda is achievable with the concerted efforts of all Nigerians.

The Universal Basic Education Commission (UBEC) had in August expressed worry over the number of out of school children in Nigeria.

The Executive Secretary of UBEC, Dr. Hamid Bobboyi, raised the concern at a meeting with Heads of State Universal Basic Commissions across the 36 states and the Federal Capital Territory.

He said that increasing the number of children in schools was a priority for the Federal Government, stressing that there was no justification for any child not to be enrolled into the basic education scheme.

FG Unveils 2016-2019 Strategic Plan For Education

Nigeria, Education, Adamu Adamu,The Federal Government has released a new road map to guide the Ministry of Education to address the myriads of challenges confronting Nigeria’s education sector.

The strategic plan comes as part of efforts to reposition Nigeria’s education sector to play a central role in the Federal Government’s philosophy of change.

The Minister of Education, Mr Adamu Adamu, unveiled a draft of the 2016-2019 Ministerial Strategic Plan on Monday in Abuja, the Federal Capital territory.

Mr Adamu reaffirmed government’s commitment to strengthening institutional structures and creating innovative strategies aimed at revamping the education sector.

He asked Nigerians to team up with the Federal Government to salvage the sector and return it to the path of excellence.

The 2006 to 2015 Education Master Plan launched under the administration of former President Olusegun Obasanjo was meant to fashion out new policies that would enable the sector emerge from its declining status, especially on issues pertaining to Nigeria’s ‘Education For All’ policy and infrastructural decay occasioned by institutional and legislative constraints.

The expiration of the policy in 2015 gave the need for a new strategic plan.

On his part, the Minister for Niger Delta Affairs, Pastor Usani Uguru, attributed the fallen standard of education to the failure of past governments to regulate the teaching profession.

The Director, Department of Educational Planning, Research and Development, Magdalene Anene-Maidoh, also highlighted the focus of the strategic plan.

She expressed hope that the new plan, when adopted and implemented by the experts, would arm Nigerian youths with the skills they require to face the challenges of the 21st century.

FG Launches Education Quality Assurance Handbook

Adamu Adamu,The Nigerian government has presented a National Education Quality Assurance Handbook, as part of efforts to improve the standard of basic education.

Speaking in Abuja at the official launch of the book, the Minister of Education, Mr Adamu Adamu, said it was necessary for teaching standards to be harmonised at all levels of education below the tertiary level.

He reaffirmed the government’s commitment to ensuring an improved quality in the standard of basic and secondary education.

The Chief Education Officer of UNICEF, Mr Terry Durnnian, pledged the support of the fund towards improving the quality of education in Nigeria.

FG To Recruit 500,000 Teachers Into Basic Education Sector

Adamu Adamu, Education, TeachersThe Federal Government has restated its commitment to revamping Nigeria’s education sector through the recruitment of 500,000 teachers into the basic education sector across the country.

The Minister of Education, Mr Adamu Adamu, made the disclosure at the launch of the 2015 teacher development training programme in Abuja, Nigeria’s capital.

He said that the Federal Government places a high premium on the training of teachers and education managers at the basic level.

The Minister decried the inability of some state governments and State Universal Basic Education Boards (SUBEBs) to promptly access matching grants and other non-conditional grants from the Universal Basic Education Commission (UBEC).

He also expressed worry at the huge gap between the number of teachers required and the current number available in the basic education sector.

The Minister stated that the total number of teachers needed to strengthen the basic education sector was 1.3 million in six years.

He expressed hope that the teachers’ recruitment would no doubt fast-track the revamping process, especially with the cooperation of state universal education boards.

In their remarks, Imo State Governor, Rochas Okorocha and the President of The Albino Foundation, Mr Jake Epelle, called for the continuous training of teachers.

An education specialist from the World Bank, Mr Afebayo Solomon, pledged support for the development of basic education in Nigeria.

The Executive Secretary of UBEC, Dr. Dikko Suleiman, on his part, highlighted government’s efforts in revamping the education sector.

Post UTME Should Be Optional – Professor Badejo

Professor Tola BadejoThe former Vice Chancellor of Wesley University, Professor Tola Badejo, has advised the Federal Government to make the post Unified Tertiary Matriculation Examination (UTME) optional.

He gave the advice on Monday while voicing his opinion on the government’s announcement of the scrapping of the examination conducted by tertiary institutions in Nigeria for applicants seeking admission into various schools.

“Make It Optional”
Speaking on Sunrise Daily, he maintained that authorities of various institutions should be allowed to decide how to accept candidates.

“Why should you tell somebody not to organise a screening when before you leave any University, you have to be found competent in character and learning.

“If I have to do that, why should someone tell me not to interview every candidate?” the university don questioned.

Professor Badejo cited instances where he was able to discover students with potential criminal traits during interview, stressing that government should “make it optional”.

In his earlier address at the 2016 Policy Meeting of the Joint Admission and Matriculation Board (JAMB), the Minister of Education, Mr Adamu Adamu, affirmed that universities could screen candidates admitted by JAMB, but warned against students being subjected to a second written examination.

“As far as I am concerned, the nation has confidence in what JAMB is doing. The universities should not be holding another examination and if the universities have any complain against JAMB, let them bring it and then we will address it,” he said.

FG Scraps Post UTME, Pegs180 As New Cut-off Mark

studentsThe Federal Government announced the scrapping of the examination applicants write when seeking admission into tertiary institutions in the country.

The Minister of Education, Mr Adamu Adamu, who announced this in Abuja at the 2016 Policy Meeting of the Joint Admission and Matriculation Board (JAMB), said universities are free to screen candidates admitted by JAMB but warned against students being subjected to a second written examination.

He said the federal government has confidence in the examinations conducted by JAMB, adding that there is no need for other examinations to be conducted by universities after JAMB exams.

“As far as I am concerned, the nation has confidence in what JAMB is doing. The universities should not be holding another examination and if the universities have any complain against JAMB, let them bring it and then we address it”, he said.

JAMB Registrar, Prof. Dibu Ojerinde also announced 180 as minimum cut off mark for all tertiary institutions in the country.

“180 is given and no institution will go below 180 this year, And some universities can go above it, I know Obafemi Awolowo University, Ife will not go below 200 and University of Lagos will not go below 200 and also University of Ibadan. All these ones stand. But 180 is a bench mark for others.”

He said this year, the examination board have more than enough candidates with over 1.5 million candidate, saying, “So we will get enough candidates to take in all the schools if they are serious”

The JAMB registrar said re- distribution is already ongoing because it is embedded in the registration procedure.

He reiterated the Minister of Education’s pronouncement saying, “for post UTME, no more writing of post UTME anymore but institutions will screen their candidates.

FG To Provide Conducive Learning Environment For Universities

universitiesThe Federal Government of Nigeria says it will provide a conducive learning environment and a level playing ground for all Nigerian tertiary institutions.

It believes that the move will develop‎ and produce graduates that can compete with their counterparts across the world.

Speaking at a Capacity and Sustainability Training Forum for Heads of African Centres of Excellence in Abuja on Monday, the Minister of Education, Mr Adamu Adamu, pledged the government’s support for the 10 African Centres of Excellence in Nigeria to enable them attain world class standard.

Mr Adamu appealed to the private sector to team up with the Federal Government to turn around the fortunes of Nigerian universities particularly in the area of research.

The World Bank representative and Task Team Leader of African Centres of Excellence for Nigerian universities, Andreas Blom, urged officials of the centres to look inward for the sustainability of the project while the Secretary General of the Committee of Vice Chancellors, Professor Michael Faborode, urged Nigerian universities to grow beyond depending on the World Bank for funding support.

The Executive Secretary of the National Universities Commission, Professor Julius Okojie, expressed confidence about the capacity of the project to address Africa’s developmental challenges.

The objective of the ace initiative is to promote regional specialisation among participating universities within areas that address particular regional and national development challenges.

On his part, the Minister of Communications, Adebayo Shittu, lamented the loss of about 78 billion Naira yearly to the activities of cyber criminals who offer online study opportunities to Nigerians.

The Centres of Excellence in Nigeria are: the Federal University of Agriculture, Abeokuta, Bayero University, Kano, Benue State University, Markurdi, Redeemers University, Ede and Ahmadu Bello University, Zaria. Others are: University of Benin, University of Jos, University of Port Harcourt, University of Ibadan and African University of Science and Technology.