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Oyo Assembly orders ministry to comply with NERDC content

09 July 2015, 20:27

Ibadan - The Oyo State House of Assembly on Thursday ordered the state Ministry of Education to comply with the school curriculum of the National Educational Research and Development Council (NERDC).

The Speaker, Michael Adeyemo, gave the order at plenary when Permanent Secretaries in the Ministry of Education and State Universal Basic Education Board appeared before the assembly.

The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that the permanent secretaries are Mrs Kemi Makanjuola (Ministry of Education) and Mr Adeyinka Osuntokun ( Basic Education Board).

NAN recalls that the assembly had earlier summoned the officials to appear before it to defend the incessant review of text books in public and private schools in the state.

Makanjuola, in her defence, however, said that the ministry was saddled with the responsibility of ensuring that recommended books for use in public and private schools were in line with NERDC’s content.

"Book review activities are conducted once in six years for nursery and primary schools in line with the six years basic academic activity of pupils in primary schools.

"The Junior and Senior Secondary Schools have theirs reviewed in three years because their academic activities terminate after three years.

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"Books evaluated to meet the requirements as contained in the curriculum will be enlisted in the state's approved list.‎

"Only English and Yoruba Literature books are changed every ‎three years.

"Supplementary book review comes up between one major exercise and another if there is need for it,’’ she said.

But Segun Ajanaku (APC-Ibadan South-West II), who had earlier moved the motion on the matter, described the ministry's defence as commendable in theory only.

"I do not think schools in this state are complying with the NERDC policy for book review but different schools are just using any text book they like.

"I will want the ministry to enforce the stipulated book usage for the different classes and penalise any school that flouts the directives,’’ he said.

Joshua Oyebamiji (Accord-Akinyele I) on his part said that the supplementary ‎ review of books by the ministry was to favour some "hungry book publishers.’’

Gbenga Oyekola (LP-Atiba),however, suggested that the ministry should put in place a monitoring team that would supervise usage of books in schools.

Oyekola added that the ministry should also give equal opportunity to book publishers while ensuring that this should not be used to promote unwholesome competition.

The Speaker, who directed ‎the ministry to streamline the books being used in the state, said:

"There should be proper monitoring and enforcement of books as recommended by NERDC.

"We do not want a repetition of what has been raised in this Assembly when the new academic session begins in the state.’’



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