Lagos reviews school curriculum implementation

Folashade Adefisayo, Lagos State Commissioner for Education

Over 200 hundred teachers from various State Schools converged at the Education Resource Centre, Ojodu, to review the Lagos State Senior Secondary Schools Unified Schemes of Work to actualise conformity with the present reality and the envisaged turn-around of the Education Sector in Lagos State.

The Ceremony, which was flagged-off by the Lagos State Commissioner for Education, Folasade Adefisayo, had in attendance teachers from Senior Secondary Schools handling various subjects in the School’s Curriculum.

In her address at the flag-off ceremony, the Honourable Commissioner, commended the teachers who she said were specially selected for the week-long review programme, and explained that these Schemes of Work are statutory reference materials essentially needed in both public and private Schools nationally to plan their daily, weekly and termly subject lessons and other academic activities.

In her words, “it is pertinent to note that every Secondary School in Lagos State uses the Schemes of Work for their daily teaching and learning process. No effective teaching and learning can take place in Schools without recourse to it since all topics and scopes of the lessons to be taught are drawn from it.”

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She acknowledged the versatility and understanding of the subjects by the crop of teachers converged, and stressed that the rigours, strength and basic intelligence of the Nigerian child in schools cannot be undermined, just as learning cannot be confined to archaic and outdated Curriculum.

Speaking further, the Commissioner harped on continually building and improving on the Curriculum which points at the need to stem the tide of an impending crisis in teaching and learning, adding that teachers are to prepare students for the future work place, equip them with necessary core skills and technology to enable them compete with their counterparts around the world.

Adefisayo emphasised on the importance of the six core skills essential to child development. These are critical thinking and problem solving; creativity and imagination, citizenship, communication and collaboration, digital literacy, leadership and personal development.

While welcoming the teachers to the programme, the Permanent Secretary, Mrs Abosede Adelaja charged participants to see the programme as an opportunity to instill new skills and learning experiences for the 21st Century.

She affirmed that it is the prerogative of the Curriculum Services Department to review and produce the Schemes whenever there is a change in the Nigeria Education Research Development Council (NERDC) National Curriculum.

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It is however noteworthy that the recent adjustment in the National Curriculum by the NERDC, West African Examination Council (WAEC) in most subjects necessitates the need for the Schemes to be reviewed and produced before the 2019/2020 Academic Session commences.

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