By Ossom Rapheal
Indications have emerged that Nigeria’s 45 years old education curriculum is set to undergo a review Tuesday following the charge by President Goodluck Jonathan to the National Economic Summit Group (NESG).
The President who was speaking at the opening ceremony of the 20th Nigeria Economic Summit in Abuja noted that the education curriculum that is operational in the country did not reflect current realities in the country.
Represented by the Vice President Namadi Sambo, President Goodluck Jonathan noted that more than forty years after its formulation, the policy foundation is ripe for review, to determine its relevance and fine tune its adaptability to national objectives, in this 21st Century.
This is even as he was optimistic that the Summit will take up the challenge; by applying itself rigorously to the design of an ideal education system that will satisfy our national needs and aspirations.
While reaffirming his administration’s commitment to the development of education, President Jonathan said, “education has changed the destiny of nations, big and small and we are determined to change our story for the very best”.
The President therefore used the medium to urge stakeholders in the education sector to come up with practical solutions to surmount challenges of acquiring accurate statistics, especially at the basic and secondary levels particularly on school enrolment and other education indices.
In his remarks the Supervising Minister of Education, Mr. Nyesom Wike stated that the Transformation Agenda of the President Jonathan administration, places premium on education as an instrument par excellence for human capital development and socio-economic emancipation, adding that to this end the Federal Ministry of Education had developed a Road Map aimed at repositioning the sector.
The Director General, NESG, Frank Nweke, said the country’s education sector is in dire state that requires both public and private stakeholders intervention to compete in the global economy, noting that the literacy rate and low level of tertiary enrolment in 2010 portends a threat to the ability of Nigeria to becoming the 20th largest economy in the world by 2020.
The 20th NES has as its theme “Transforming Education through Partnership for Global