Nigeria’s Minister of Education, Malam Adamu Adamu ,has formally called for the displacement of social studies in the current curriculum of basic schools and reintroduction of history as a subject.
The Minister was speaking in Abuja on Thursday while addressing the delegates of the 61st Meeting of the National Council on Education Ministerial Session.
Malam Adamu also urged the Council to consider making the study of Christian Religious knowledge and the study of Islamic Religious Knowledge compulsory for both Christians and Muslims to the end of Senior Secondary School.
He said that reintroduction of history as a subject on its own in basic schools would give the Nigerian Child a self identity on who they really are.
He noted that Nigeria owe both the present and future generations the responsibility of removing all inhibitions against opportunities of acquiring morals and ethics as taught in the religious traditions.
“It is only the study of history, our own history that can explain and give meaning to our very humanity and that is why we must study it and teach our little ones, it is also not enough that they merely know who they are, we must teach them about their God, since it is said that if you want to destroy any nation ,its either first the family is destroyed, then the education is destroyed and the third the social morals be destroyed.
“In Nigeria we owe both the present and future generations the responsibility to remove all inhibitions against making our children acquire morals and ethic,” the minister explained.
National Teacher Education Policy
At the Council Meeting, the Minister also launched the National Teacher Education Policy and the National quality Assurance Policy.
According to the Minister, the National quality Assurance Policy is an assurance system for institutions below tertiary level and expected standard of practice in Nigeria.
On the other hand, the National Teacher Education Policy identifies the pivotal role of qualify teachers in the provision of quality education at all levels.
“The objective is to produce highly skilled knowledgeable and creative teachers who are capable of producing globally competitive students, the policy seeks to ensure that teachers recruited, trained and re-trained based on explicit standards,” he said.
Speaking on the theme of this year’s Education Council Meeting ; ‘Teacher Quality : A Tool for Sustainable Human Capital Development , Adamu said that the theme was informed by the need to draw the attention of policy makers, technocrats, professionals , and stakeholders in the education sector to the indispensability of the teacher in human capital development for the achievement of national goals.
“The Council meeting provide opportunity to take stock of progress in the sector, identify the challenges and consider policy options that will enable the sector move rapidly in the right direction,” the education minister stated.
he said that in the next three years in the administration of President Muhammadu Buhari , the education sector under his watch will focus on programmes that will enhance teacher quality, teacher professional development, motivation of teachers, recruitment of the 500,000 teachers, Tetfund and Needs assessment interventions ,development of education for change ministerial strategic plan among others.
On the School Feeding Programme and the recruitment of 500,000 teachers, the Chairman House Committee on Basic education, Zakari Muhammed expressed worry over the programmes, saying the Legislators might face challenges in programme monitoring and evaluation as they are not directly domiciled under the Federal Ministry of Education.
Speaking on the ministerial strategic plan, the Deputy Governor of Kano State, Shamzu Abubakar, who doubles as the Commissioner of Science and tech of the state, called on the Nigerian government to channel all resources to the grassroots across the state and Local governments.
He also called on the government to concentrate more on monitoring and evaluation to ensure adequate review of the developmental strategic plan.