The Unity Schools alumni association in Nigeria has called for a comprehensive review and modernization of the outdated educational curriculum in Nigerian schools. In addition, they have urged the government to allocate more funding to the secondary education sector.
The President-General of the Unity Schools Old Students Association, Michael Mogaji, stated during a press conference in Abuja that the association is committed to collaborating with the government to restore the former glory of Unity schools.
Currently, there are ongoing controversies surrounding the funding of education in the country, with the government acknowledging its inability to solely finance education. The United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) has recently joined the chorus of voices advocating for a revision of Nigeria’s educational curriculum to align it with contemporary realities, emphasizing that the current curriculum is outdated and overloaded.
During a capacity development training, the director of the UNESCO International Bureau of Education, Ydo Yao, highlighted the need for action to address the educational crisis, emphasizing the importance of making the curriculum relevant to ensure the thriving of quality education, values, knowledge, and skills.
Mogaji expressed the alumni body’s commitment to offering solutions rather than merely complaining. They are focused on addressing various issues within the sector, including funding and curriculum. Regarding the curriculum, they believe it lacks relevance and must adapt to the demands of the present era.
They argue for a shift from theoretical knowledge to the development of practical soft skills, such as emotional intelligence, which is currently overlooked. Their goal is to align the curriculum with global standards and ensure its enduring quality.
Mogaji further emphasized the alumni association’s intention to engage with stakeholders at the highest levels to explore possible avenues for assistance. Despite the numerous conferences and seminars held in the past, they remain determined to take proactive measures in tackling the challenges facing the education system.
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