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NERDC charges states on new teachers’ guide, curricula

| May 24, 2013 More

A CALL has been made by the Nigerian Educational Research and Development Council (NERDC) to state governments in the country to acquire the new teachers’ guide and curricula for the senior secondary schools to enable them meet up with the objective of senior secondary education.

In a related development, the Vice Principal (Academic), Gumau Technical College, Bauchi State, Malam Ibrahim Hassan, has said that the non-functioning of some equipment has affected learning in the institution.

The NERDC’s Executive Director, Prof. Godswill Obioma, stated this Thursday in Benin City at a workshop for Science, Technology and Mathematics (STM) desk officers from the 36 states and Abuja.

He said the preparation of the new teachers’ guide, particularly for the four core science subjects: Biology, Chemistry, Physics and Mathematics, is an “instructional strategy designed to guarantee effective teaching and learning of skills that are critical to Nigeria’s technological transformation and for further development of the subject matter in tertiary institutions”.

He urged the desk officers to prevail on their various state governments, through their Ministry of Education, to ensure the new guides are acquired to enable them meet the country’s objective of senior secondary education “to ensure that every Senior Secondary School (SSS) graduate is well prepared for higher education, as well as acquired relevant functional trade/entrepreneurship skills”.

Obioma also said that examination bodies, including the West African Examination Council (WAEC), National Examination Council (NECO) and others, would begin to set examinations for students on the new curricular released by the NERDC for Senior Secondary Schools by 2014.

He added: “Public examination bodies operating in Nigeria shall examine the new curricula, as well as the curricula for all other SSE subjects for the first time in May/June 2014”, adding that there was need to support schools with appropriate materials to ensure the success of the new curricula.”

Hassan explained that until now, no repairs had be made even after the governor, Mallam Isa Yuguda, directed last April during a visit to the college that a request be forwarded for the repair of the non-functioning machines.

Hassan, who was fielding questions during the state NUJ facility visit of government projects to the college, explained that the institution was still waiting for the repairs of the said machines to enable students perform practical lessons.

Category: Bauchi State News

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