Don advocates restructuring of Nigeria’s education curriculum

By Sulaimon Alamutu, Lagos

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Professor Ahmed Adedeji

Nigeria’s education curriculum must be restructured to meet the peculiar development needs of the people.

A Professor of Pharmacology at the Olabisi Onabanjo University, Ogun State, Professor Ahmed Adedeji said the current curriculum should be concluded and a new one that would meet the demands of the future must be designed.

Professor Adedeji made the assertion on the sidelines of an interactive forum organised in Lagos by the Muslim Teachers Association of Nigeria and the Muslim Students’ Society of Nigeria.

He said that Nigeria had a bright future and a unique character which it must find about itself within the larger global community.

“The curriculum that will fit the nation’s development should be designed especially with respect to what we should be doing from now to the future. Curriculum are designed for a group of people that has a goal to achieve in life. Let’s us strive on what we are known to have long ago, a curriculum of a new culture,” Professor Adedeji stated.

According to him, “government should look at structuring the new curriculum to promote learning in those traditional professions that were major revenue earners such as blacksmithing, different craft systems and farming.

“Such curriculum would help to create more jobs for the youths and reduce the level of poverty in the land.”

On the topic, ’21st Century Learning,’ the guest lecturer at the forum, Mr Abduwahab Lawal, called for more infrastructure provisions for the education sector to meet global standards.

Mr Lawal said the current curriculum is hindering children from skills development.

“We train our children on cognitive orientation of education, not emphasising on affective aspect of it and the psychomotor aspect of it,” he stated.

Mr Lawal identified the problem of overpopulation in the schools as a major hindrance to education development in Nigeria.

He therefore, urged governments at various levels to address numerous challenges in the education sector so that Nigerian students can compete favourably with their counterparts across the world.

 

Mercy Chukwudiebere