By Olawale Abdul-Fatal
As part of measure towards ensuring education system in Lagos is giving required attention, the state government has begun the review of Senior Secondary Schools Unified Schemes of Work to actualize conformity with present reality and envisaged turn-around of education sector in the State.
Specifically, the aim of the government was to overhaul the state’s education system, by visiting grey areas and come up with a solution that could make secondary school students in the state, more better in area academic performance.
The Commissioner, Lagos State Ministry of Education, Folasade Adefisayo, indicated that the role of the secondary school curriculum review, embark upon by the state government was an approach long overdue.
Speaking at a flag off of Lagos State Senior Secondary Schools Unified Schemes of Work review exercise on Tuesday, in Lagos, with over 200 hundred teachers from various state schools, Adefisayo explained that the schools’ schemes of work were statutory reference materials essentially needed in both public and private schools nationally to plan daily, weekly and termly subject lessons and other academic activities.
She noted that secondary school in Lagos State uses schemes of work for daily teaching and learning process and that no effective teaching and learning could take place in schools without recourse since all topics and scopes of lessons were drawn from subjects.
The commissioner stated that the rigorous, strength and basic intelligence of the Nigerian child in schools cannot be undermined, just as learning cannot be confined to archaic and outdated Curriculum.
Besides, Adefisayo 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 workplace, equip them with necessary core skills and techniques to enable them to compete with their counterparts around the world.
“On the six core skills essential to the development of individuals that are crucial in child development. These are critical thinking and problem-solving; creativity and imagination, citizenship, communication and collaboration, digital literacy, leadership, and personal development”.
On her part, The Permanent Secretary, Lagos State Ministry of Education, Abosede Adelaja, charged participants to see the programme as an opportunity to instill new skills and learning experiences for the 21st Century.
She affirmed on the need for 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.
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.