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Should schools in Nigeria adopt foreign curriculums?
« on: June 14, 2017, 03:52:42 PM »
What are your views on the use of foreign curriculums in schools in Nigeria?

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Re: Should schools in Nigeria adopt foreign curriculums?
« Reply #1 on: June 14, 2017, 07:22:08 PM »
I feel curriculum development should be guided by the developmental stage and  needs of the  society using the curriculum. Hence if adopting this type of curriculum will cater for our current needs as a society with respect to our present stage of development, no problem but if not, I don't see why we should go about adopting such a curriculum. Though there is a possibility of taking the curriculum and modifying it to suit our needs instead of taking it hook, line and sinker. 8)

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Re: Should schools in Nigeria adopt foreign curriculums?
« Reply #2 on: June 14, 2017, 07:33:13 PM »
Already there's the national curriculum that's recognised by the govt, so is there still any need for adopting from other countries? Also, should educators not be spending more time looking into the national curriculum of the country, critiquing it and proffering solutions, making suggestions and organising conferences, seminars, writing newspaper articles...on issues that relate to it and advancing the national curriculum?

Offline Ayinla Lateef Babatunde

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Re: Should schools in Nigeria adopt foreign curriculums?
« Reply #3 on: June 21, 2017, 04:19:09 PM »
There is no doubt that the direction of a nation is determined by the information its citizens are fed with. So, curriculum as the guide to information source is an essential key in any national system. The quality of the curriculum adopted by an educational institution reveals its focus and direction. Overtime, several attempts have been made by Nigerians and Nigerian governments to design curriculums that will be our unique sources of the clear vision and mission of the Nigeria-state, and thus prepare Nigerians from their earliest lives for the attainment of the lofty goals of this Great Country, NIGERIA.

However, the continual lack of focus, and inappropriate aggregation of the collective aims and objectives of maximizing benefits from our endowed resources have greatly contributed to the failure of achieving the desired results from most of the curriculums designed by Nigerians and Nigerian governments; hence the advocate for the adoption of foreign curriculums.

The poser is, is there any need to adopt the foreign curriculums? My answers to this are Yes and No. Though my yes does not mean total adoption, the global world today has made partial adoption unavoidable. For instance, there are many developed countries in the world who are advanced in science and technology which is the driver of today's society. So, if we have to be part of the global village, we cannot but look into what will give us the required links to be there; and, this is the curriculums of these foreign countries. We do not need to adopt what they teach but we need to learn from the systems they have adopted in designing them.

It is undeniable that some countries are given the nomenclature, Advanced, because of the vibrant rigid systems they have created and made work in their countries. The fact remains that NIGERIA does not lack the human and material resources that can create the required good education system for the country but the problem is that only a few number of them have the privilege of being part of the policymakers. Today, most of our policymakers are not well-schooled in the vision and mission created for Nigeria by the foremost nationalists who were part of the creation of this Great Nation, NIGERIA.

Hence, for education is a vital means of advancing a nation, curriculum is its heart while the system adopted in putting it together is paramount; we can take this system from the advanced foreign countries.

Moreover, my no is premised on  the need for contents localization. To bring out the uniqueness of NIGERIA, the contents of our curriculum have to be from us. The economic principle of comparative advantage has put NIGERIA in a position that will afford it the opportunity to make its contributions to the world from its endowments. If we adopt completely the foreign curriculums, we will teach their contents and live in their world; we will be their shadow. In the real sense, we will have no contribution to make to the world as a nation. We will only embellish their ideas: if you know the case of research in Nigerian universities where we only adopt and apply the theories and principles propounded by foreigners, you will understand my point perfectly.

Finally, many famous giant countries of the world today are what they are from the minds of their citizens. Malaysia is reckoned with today because they designed their unique approach to solve their national problems. The America of yesterday came up with a viable system to solve their problems and get to where they are today. The South Korean and Japanese approaches to end their economic challanges have created an identity for them in the world today. If we have to make impart on the world soon, we need to design our own approach while we learn from the advanced systems. We need to fashion out a unique curriculum for this Great Country, NIGERIA.

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