Lagos to Review School Curriculum

Lagos State Government says it will embark on the review of its school curriculum in order to align the content with the immediate and future needs of the state, the State Governor, Mr. Akinwunmi Ambode has disclosed.

He said this at the opening of the Lagos International Education Conference noted that the review of the curriculum was crucial as the content of education curricula actually determines the quality of the man power that will eventually be produced.

Represented by the Permanent Secretary, Ministry of Education, Mrs. Olabisi Ariyo, the governor pointed out that a paradigm shift in the education sector is necessary in order for the state economy to achieve a quantum leap from the current $131billion GDP as well as  remain very competitive.

According to him, the administration is not oblivious of the role of education in the level of economic development of the State. “We know that for the State economy to achieve a quantum leap from the current $131billion GDP and remain very competitive, there must be a paradigm shift in the education sector”, he noted.

He averred that the challenges of the educational sector must be tackled head on if the nation desire to be active participants in the present knowledge-based global system.

 He stated that the government had prioritized the improvement of the entire physical and human infrastructure in our schools, adding, “The educational system must be functional and capable of producing a younger generation with high technical skills and creative minds that can think out of the box in proffering solutions to the challenges facing our nation in all sectors.

“It is increasingly apparent that the future of Nigeria is not in the oil and gas sector; it will be determined by the quality of education given to the younger generation. Our educational system must be functional and capable of producing a younger generation with high technical skills and creative minds that can think out of the box in proffering solutions to the challenges facing our nation in all sectors. The challenges of the educational sector must therefore be tackled head on if we desire to be active participants in the present knowledge-based global system.”

Ambode however stressed that government alone cannot shoulder the responsibility in the education sector hence he urged the private sector and other stakeholders to support the process with ideas, partnership and direct participation.

According to him, most successful economies of the world are not the most endowed with natural resources but rather are the one that have recognized education as the bed-rock of sustainable growth and development as manifested in the resources usually invested in the development of their human resources.

“Most successful economies in the world are not the most endowed with natural resources. Japan and Singapore are good examples. What is common to these countries and other developed economies is the recognition given to education as the bed-rock of sustainable growth and development. This is demonstrated by the resources usually invested in the development of their human resources,” he averred.

Ambode also advocated the need for the integration of academic, technical and vocational education in the nation with the aim of empowering the citizens and youths to be self-sufficient.