Nigerian Education Research and Development Council (NERDC) and development Research Project Centre (dRPC) held an Editorial and Critique Workshop to Review Civic Education in Secondary schools.
The Executive Secretary of NERDC, Pro. Ismail Junaidu explicitly said the existing curriculum which was developed in 2008 and implemented in 2012 for school uses is outdated and due for revision.
Junaidu said “Going by current trends globally and in Nigeria, there are lots of issues that need to be integrated into the existing curriculum. There is also the need to adjust some existing contents and concepts to reflect the present situation of our society.”
he elucidated that civic education was concerned with the development and acquisition of skills and competencies related to social norms and values as well as taught political system and emphasised the rights, roles and duties of members of the society.
The key themes and topics infused into the curriculum were identified in a content selection workshop that was held in September 21st and 22nd, 2017 while the planning and writing workshop for the review exercise was held in October same year. The third phase of the project was the “Critique and Editorial workshop.”
The critique stage involve the performance objectives which took care of lower level cognitive abilities such as explain, define, state, list etc and higher level abilities including evaluate, discuss, apply, analyse etc.
It is ensured that contents led to the achievement of stated objectives and inappropriate contents were replaced with suitable ones.
The editorial stage is the stage where documents were fine-tuned in terms of spelling errors and wrong use of expressions while preliminary pages of the curriculum were developed among others.
Correspondently, the Executive Director of dRPC, Judith-Ann Walker, said that the project trained civil society organisations on a wide range of skills and topics, including fundraising for the society to function.
Meanwhile, the Head of Curriculum of NERDC, Dr Garba Gandu, beckon on education authorities to effectively implement the revised curriculum. He recalled that in one instance, new curriculum booklets were abandoned in a government warehouse.