Nigerian Government Launches e-Curriculum For Secondary Schools

e-curriculumThe Federal Government has directed unity colleges to adopt the e-curriculum for senior secondary school education as part of the reforms to strengthen the quality of education in the country.

The Minister of State for Education, Mr Nyesom Wike, described the newly launched digitalised curriculum as an attempt to enhance studies and reduce mass failures in public examinations.

Before now, the curriculum was designed and distributed on a hard copy to schools, with teachers and students using the schemes as a guide to study.

However, with the introduction of the e-curriculum by the Nigerian Educational Research and Development Council (NERDC) through a public private partnership, there’s now easy access online to the prescribed national curriculum in all subjects offered at the senior secondary education level in Nigeria.

The Executive Secretary of the Council, Prof. Godswill Obioma, had told journalists on Monday that the system would assist students to have a more inclusive and independent learning. He disclosed that students would be able to access the curriculum with only N200 per annum while every school can subscribe with N50,000 per annum.

According to the e-Curriculum Development Partner, Obiora Okoye, the e-curriculum would tackle the problem of poor performance by candidates in public examinations conducted by the West African Examinations Council (WAEC) and the National Examination Council (NECO).

This claim was also corroborated by the Nigerian Educational Research and Development Council (NERDC).

Mass Failure In WAEC Can Be Addressed Through e-Curriculum- NERDC

waecThe Nigerian Educational Research and Development Council (NERDC) said mass failure by students during the West African Examination Council (WAEC) can be addressed through the use of an e-curriculum. 

The Executive Secretary of the Council, Prof. Godswill Obioma, told journalists in Abuja that the new e-curriculum portal for senior secondary schools would improve the quality of the curriculum and assist students to have a more inclusive and independent learning.

According to the NERDC boss, students can now access the curriculum with only N200 per annum while every school can subscribe with N50,000 per annum.

He, however, emphasized that the e-curriculum is not a newly drafted one but only intended to make curriculum delivery more qualitative to address the decline in performance at examinations.

He attributed the mass failure in the last Senior School Certificate Examinations to inadequate learning and teaching, noting however that the e-curriculum would enable students to learn at home through the internet.

Obioma said, “the objective of this public Private Partnership arrangements is to, among others, harness the potentials of the private sector in tackling the challenges of access, education standards and quality, curriculum and teacher development, funding, relevance of current issues in education to Nigerian culture as well as re-orientation for positive national values.”

“The e-curriculum portal would contribute in no small measure towards ensuing that teachers, learners and other relevant stakeholders have easy access to this very important teaching and leaning resource,” he said.

The e-curriculum which would be launched on Tuesday in Abuja by the Minister of Education, Mallam Ibrahim Shekarau, was done in collaboration with Sidmach Technologies Nigeria Ltd, and it is expected to ensure the digitalization of school curriculum to e-curriculum portal.