A former Vice-Chancellor of the Obafemi Awolowo University, Ile- Ife, Prof. Wale Omole, has stressed the need to change the present curricula used for educational institutions in the country.
He said the time had come for the Federal Government, schools administrators and other stakeholders to seriously consider dumping the curriculum introduced by the British colonial administration in Nigerian schools for a new one that is best suited to the country’s needs for industrialisation, agricultural development, socialisation and technological advancement.
Omole said this while delivering the keynote lecture, titled, ‘Education in the 20th Century and Now: The Future of the Nigerian Child’, at the 40th Anniversary and book presentation event hosted by Chrisland Schools in Lagos on Wednesday
Tracing the beginning of Nigeria’s current educational ordeal to the period between 1914 and 1946, he said, “Scattered forms of curricula were written for Nigerian education system mainly in primary and secondary schools with minor modifications in readiness for independence in 1960.
“What was given to us was more of theory than operation. They (the colonialists) had moved ahead. They had got first industrialisation and they had changed their schools. Under the new agenda, those schools had a curriculum, which was what they brought to us.”
The former vice-chancellor argued that the content and style of delivery of that curriculum and the lack of adaptation of content to Nigeria’s resources conspired to make industrialisation difficult in the country.
He warned, “If we do not change that curriculum and make our own, we will remain the same and industrialisation will continue to elude us. Also, we will continue to depend on the importation of things that God has already provided in our land. We will most likely continue in trading and remain consumers of other nations’ goods.”
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