By Chris Ochayi
ABUJA – The Federal Government has launched the new curriculum for all the senior secondary schools education in Nigeria. The document which is expected to be operational by September 2011 will start with the year one of the senior secondary school while the old curriculum would be systematically phased out by June 2014.
The curriculum known as Senior Secondary Education Curriculum, SSEC, is aimed to producing secondary school graduate who are well prepared for higher education as well as having relevant functional trade and entrepreneurship skills needed for poverty eradication, job creation and wealth generation,
The Executive Secretary, Nigerian Educational Research and Development Council, NERDC, Professor Godswill Obioma whose council developed the document, explained during the lunching that graduates from the Senior Secondary Education Curriculum, SSEC, are expected to have been equipped for higher education.
The National Council on Education had in 2005 proposed a restructuring of the existing Senior Secondary Education Curriculum that would lead to a complete overhaul and renewal of the obsolete contents, standard and knowledge matter.
The Executive Secretary explained that the new curriculum was planned to build on the gains of the 9-year Basic Education Curriculum and to connect logically to the learning experiences in the tertiary education.
On the conditions for candidates to sit for public examinations, he stated that the first public examinations based on the new SSEC would be conducted by the West African Examination Council, WAEC, National Examination Council, NECO, and the National Board for Technical and Business Education, NBTE, in 2014.
“The new SSEC is planned to commence in September 2011 beginning with year one of the Senior Secondary School and the first batch of the Basic Education Certificate holders. This implementation process will be systematically through year 2 to year 3 until the old SSEC is gradually phased out. The first batches of graduates are expected to graduate by June 2014”.
Candidates he said must offer five compulsory cross-cutting subjects which include English language, General Mathematics, Computer Studies/ICT and one trade/ entrepreneurship subject to be selected from the list of 34 approved trade/entrepreneurship subjects adding that four distinct fields of studies such as Science and Mathematics (Physics, Chemistry, Biology, Further Mathematics) among others can be added to the earlier five selected.
Obioma stressed that the introduction of 34 trade/ entrepreneurship subjects to the SSEC was a paradigm shift from the old SSEC noting that more trades would be added in future.
He said, “the human capital that grows out of the focused area of potential specialization is the strength of the structure of the new SSEC. Thus, by June 2014, graduates from the new SSEC are expected to possess relevant ICT skills and enterprise culture and become well prepared for their world of work or for higher education as may be applicable.”