By Dayo Adesulu
MINISTER Minister of Education, Malam Adamu Adamu has applauded the collaboration between the Nigerian Educational Research and Development Council (NERDC), one of the key parastatals of the Federal Ministry of Education and SIDMACH Technologies Nigeria Limited, towards the e-Curriculum portal project, adding that this unique technological solution is a bold step toward achieving the Federal government’s policy on Information Technology in Education.
Malam Adamu made this remark while delivering the opening address at the Stakeholders forum held at the Transcorp Hilton Hotel, Maitama, Abuja recently, which was organized by NERDC, SIDMACH in partnership with Microsoft. The forum was aimed at affording all stakeholders in the education sector the opportunity to have further knowledge in e-Curriculum portal and its benefits.
The e-Curriculum portal is a web-based effective curriculum management solution for basic and senior secondary education in Nigeria. The solution is designed to provide digital access to school curriculum, teaching and learning resources for teachers, learners, and other stakeholders. The purpose is to ensure online and offline access to the prescribed national curricula in all subjects offered at the basic and senior secondary education levels in Nigeria.
The Minister urged all state governments, through their various commissioners for education and ministries, to ensure that access to the approved national curriculum through this portal is facilitated for all schools, teachers and students in their states.
He stated that,“the Federal Ministry of Education will take appropriate steps to ensure that the Unity colleges and all other schools in Nigeria key into the effective use of the e-Curriculum to enhance the needed and desired outcome of repositioning every sector in the society, especially, the education sector. He stated that the education sector is too large to be left to Government alone’ He urged other private sector organizations to emulate this partnership and find ways of complementing government’s efforts by lending their expertise and resources for the effective implementation of government policies.
The Executive Secretary, NERDC, Prof. Ismail Junaidu, while delivering his speech, pointed out that e-Curriculum portal solution is aimed at advancing NERDC’s quest for national excellence, sustainable development and global competitiveness.
He highlighted the objectives of the e-Curriculum Portal which are as follows: Enable students and parents have online access to subject descriptions, prerequisites, objectives and the National Curriculum content standards; Assist the policy-makers, Federal Ministry of Education (FME), State Ministries of Education (SMoE), and Local Education Authorities (LGEAs) in standardizing curriculum across all schools under their jurisdiction and ensure that the curriculum is aligned with the National Curriculum content standards; ·Encourage, mentor and assist teachers to create collaboration groups and form networks to plan what is going to be taught, when it will be taught and the related tools and resources for instruction;
- Enhance the actualisation of NERDC’s efforts in providing the educational system with functional, sustainable, needs-driven, globally competitive curriculum and learner resources; as well as; ·Ensure FME’s reform objectives of nurturing and transforming the education sector to produce high performing schools with high performing learners.
The Executive Secretary credited their partner, SIDMACH Technologies Nigeria Limited, for this bold initiative using the Public Private Partnership model, their tremendous technical and resource support as well as enthusiasm for e-Curriculum portal project.
He stated that the objective of this Public Private Partnership arrangement with SIDMACH is to, among others, harness the potentials of the private sector in tackling the challenges of access to the Basic and Senior secondary education curriculum; education standards, quality and teacher development.
Prof. Ismail Junaidualso acknowledged ‘the efforts of theSenate and House of Representatives Committees on education in their over-sight functions to the Council and the emphasis they keep laying on having the Council develop a globally competitive school curriculum that would also meet local needs and aspirations as well as making the curriculum accessible and affordable to the end – users’.