Nigeria At 57: Restructure Education Curriculum To Fit The Present Day Challenges, By Eniola Opeyemi
Posted On Sep 30, 2017
In celebration of the Nigeria independence day which comes every October 1st, concerned stakeholders have voiced out on the challenges faced in the present day socio-economic realities, the institutional failures and proffered therapy to put an end to the incessant imbroglio.
In addressing the socio-economic problems of the country, the first point of call is the educational sector which is the difference between the infrastructural development and the human capital development, this are the words of Prince Shina Akinfulire, the National alumni president of Adeniran Ogunsanya College of Education (AOCOED), Oto-Ijanikin , Lagos state in a statement signed by the Eniola Opeyemi, the National Public Relations Officer of the association, made available to the press.
Akinfulire said the present situation in Nigeria calls for more concern, especially among the educationist as the failure in the country structures shows that our education is no longer viable to address the numerous challenges, its disheartening when we have to look up to our foreign counterparts for assistance that should ordinarily get local solutions.
“Our education sector needs immediate attention that will see all arms of government declare a state of emergency in the sector to address all challenges if we must compete with other nations considering our manpower. Our population should be an added advantage that will relinquish the dependent factors and turn other nations to look up to us for large scale productions in all sectors. The certificate syndrome should be eliminated so as to make the citizens more confident and boost the Small Medium Enterprise which contributes to over forty percent of our GDP.”
“If our aims to be a force in the black nation and the world at large must be accomplished, we must consider a restructure in our curriculum to affect the teachers education, with more funds according to the UNESCO recommendations and our present socio-economic challenges”, the alumni president added.
Similarly, In an interview with the Mr. Opeyemi Eniola, the alumni association National PRO, he express dissatisfaction over the poor treatment of the teachers in the nation which makes the education system suffer more defeat in recent times, Opeyemi noted that the Ministers and the commissioners of education in the country despite their bogus salaries and allowances have less to contribute to the education sector compared to the teachers in the classrooms who received meagre salaries and almost no allowances despite contributing most of the needed commitment to the human development.
“We can’t get it right until we call for a new curriculum that will not be developed by few persons but all concerned, the restructure of the salary scales, allowances and purging the system of the unqualified teachers”
“Our local content law also have to be enforced, what we see today in our schools are foreign teachers, this is how bad we have gone”, The national PRO added.
NATIONAL PUBLIC RELATIONS OFFICER,
ADENIRAN OGUNSANYA COLLEGE OF EDUCATION ALUMNI ASSOCIATION.