The Federal Government has commenced the review of the Civic Education curriculum for Senior Secondary Schools in the country.
Nigerian Tribune recalls that when the basic education curriculum was reviewed by the last administration of President Goodluck Jonathan, the Christians Religious Studies and Islamic Religious Studies were subsumed under the Civic Education.
The implementation of the curriculum by the current administration stirred up controversy with the Christian Association of Nigeria (CAN) vociferously accusing the government of attempting to Islamise the country.
Minister of Education, Malam Adamu Adamu, had in the wake of the controversy ordered that both subjects in dispute be removed from Civic Education to stand on their own, even though the subjects were taught separately under the Civic Education.
Adamu, while flagging off the review of the Civic Education curriculum for senior secondary education in Abuja, however, said the review marked the end of a five-year curriculum cycle since its implementation in 2012.
He added that this was an opportunity to renew the curriculum to reflect new trends and enrich its contents.
The minister, who was represented by the director, Education Planning Research and Development, Dr Chioma Nwadei, said the review would ultimately make the curriculum reflect national realities and confront the challenges of the nation’s developing democracy and existence as a united sovereign country.
He said the review of the curriculum was in line with global innovations and best practices, adding that it was imperative to continuously build the nation’s educational system up to global standards so as to produce effective citizens who are conscious of their responsibilities to the family, community, and country.
“Be assured that government under the present dispensation is committed to introducing changes in education in a way that will enhance the socio-economic development of Nigeria,” he said.
Executive secretary of Nigerian Educational Research and Development Council (NERDC), Professor Ismail Junaidu, explained that the existing Senior Secondary Schools curriculum was developed in 2008 by the council, and implementation commenced nationwide in 2012 with the revised curricula for other senior secondary school subjects.
He added that based on the NERDC timeline, the curriculum had completed the first cycle and was due for revision, saying there was a need to adjust some existing contents and concepts to reflect the present situation in Nigeria society.
Junaidu commended the development and Research Projects Centre (dRPC) for collaborating with NERDC and sourcing funds from the MacArthur Foundation to carry out the review process.