In order to enable Nigeria comply with global standards, education system in the country must be fixed, says Foluso Phillips, the Chairman of the 20th Nigerian Economic Summit Group (NESG).
Mr Foluso Phillips chaired the summit that aims to revamp, rebuild and re-enforce the education sector to boost the future prospects of the country.
He said that the economy of Nigeria is not looking healthy and that is the main reason for lots of hue and cries about unemployment.
Mr Phillips pointed out, “Over the last 20 -30 years Nigeria’s level of industrialisation has gone down, which makes the reduction in creative skills,”
Speaking to the breakfast programme of Channels Television ‘Sunrise Daily’, Mr. Phillips persisted with his views on need for a change in planning to prompt huge demand of skill and labour to decrease the unemployment rate in Nigeria.
He called on the federal government to provide attention on the Nigeria’s education system and look into the curriculum and teachers training programmes.
At the just concluded Nigerian Economic Summit, a number of recommendations were made. Ifechukwu Nnatuanya, Co-Founder of Every Nigerian Child Project, has shown confidence that recommendations would surely be implemented by the federal government.
In conversation on Channels Television, Mr. Nnatuanya said, “If anyone thinks it’s going to be business as usual, they’re going to be wrong.”
There were several recommendations and plenty of initiatives that are in progress. He said that calling the general quality of Nigerian graduates as low is a comprehensive statement. According to him, measuring and maintaining these statistics is tough and the available records are nothing more than estimates.
In an attempt to prove that there are exceptions when one talks about the quality of Nigerian schools graduates, Nnatuanya mentioned about the public school students who have demonstrated great intellectual capacity in comparison to the private school students.
However, there are doubts that when the recommendations of the summit be given to the Federal Executive Council, they may set up review committees, which may cause delay in their implementation.
A lot of issues have been brought to the knowledge of public through discussions at the summit. What Nigerian people need is to follow up on the Government’s activities in regard to the implementation of the issues.
The Citizen-led assessment programme is something that Nnatuanya’s group has extensively been working on. The system is designed to ensure involvement of more Nigerians into improvement of educational standard of their own country.
The project was at first introduced in Pakistan, where it worked well. After the success in Pakistan, it was subsequently exported to many other countries, including African nations.
There is a need to improve the Nigerian curriculum, which can only be done if the universities are given 70 percent autonomy to develop their own courses. By doing so, some universities would put focus on the Science and Technology, while some would be able to come up with great social science curriculum.
Undoubtedly, it would be lot easier for Nigerian schools to teach the courses which they have designed themselves. Change can be tough, but by looking at the enthusiasm and honest efforts of the Nigerians, it is certain that Nigeria would one day achieve their objective.
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