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
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
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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
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.’’