The Minister of Education, Malam Adamu Adamu says a new curriculum is being developed to focus on skills acquisition and entrepreneurship for the employability of graduates.
Malam Adamu Adamu stated this at a one day meeting with the theme “Transforming Education Summit organized by the National Universities Commission (NUC)” on Thursday in Abuja.
The Minister who was represented by the Executive Secretary of the Tertiary Education Trust Fund (TETFund), Mr Sonny Echono said that the world was focusing on skills and entrepreneurship education because of the central role it plays in national development.
According to him, five thematic areas have been identified for discussion as curriculum has become important that the education sector should be increasingly more relevant and the teacher being a facilitator rather than absolute harbinger of knowledge.
Executive Secretary noted that the summit which was being held ahead of the global summit in September in New York by the United Nations Secretary, provides opportunity to brainstorm on providing solutions to challenges facing Nigeria’s education sector such as poor funding and out-of-school children.
Stakeholders at the event decried the inability of schools to provide students with the required skills to tackle emerging challenges particularly in technology, science, and engineering among others.
UNICEF Chief of Education, Saadhna Panday-Soobrayan, said Nigeria was off-track in achieving the sustainable development goal 4, saying the pandemic exacerbated the fragility of the country’s education systems such as poor access to quality learning and low resilience to shock.
“Additionally, frequent attacks on schools including abduction of children, and prolonged school closures contributed to high rates of out of school children and low learning outcomes,” she said.
“Summits come and go; its value will be derived by the extent to which we use the momentum it creates to propel key education priorities through collective action and accountability”. Panday-Soobrayan noted.
The Chief Education said the Summit seeks to renew political commitment to education and to galvanize all partners around this common compact for education.
Reporting by Daniel Adejo; editing by Adeniyi Bakare