Need for quality personnel, curriculum reform in our education system | The Guardian Nigeria News

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The world as we know it has changed considerably since the beginning of the 20th century. Almost 22 years into the 21st century, we experienced a global economic shock in 2008 and, most recently, a global pandemic of epic proportions in 2019. The global economic system, as well as the health systems of many countries, have been put to the test. the test. More than 5 million people have died worldwide as a result of the ongoing global pandemic, and the world of work has changed significantly from what it used to be. Remote work has exploded in popularity and remarkable innovations are transforming our lives. The notions of Web 3.0, blockchain, and NFT have become buzzwords sweeping the developed world, especially among those who have built the infrastructure to accommodate these kinds of revolutionary possibilities.

As the rest of the world moves forward into the 21st century and capitalizes on the prospects, the question is: where does Nigeria, the world’s most populous black nation, fit into this equation? While we recognize the range of opportunities that have presented themselves to the country through fintech and other sectors, what should Nigeria do to become more than a consumer in the 21st century, but an active player in creating opportunities ? In other words, how can our nation become an important stakeholder in charting the way forward for Africa and the rest of the southern hemisphere?

We argue that the most critical factor in helping Nigeria become an important player in the community of nations is its education system and its young population. Nigeria cannot afford to do otherwise, since young people make up nearly 60% of the total population (Nigerians under 25) and the national youth unemployment rate is 15.4-42.5%, according to the National Bureau of Statistics (NBS). With such a large young population and such a high rate of unemployment among this group, it is essential to answer the fundamental question of why such high indices exist in a country endowed with such natural resources.

Education and the critical nature of quality assurance across the education system are essential starting points for this conversation. Both writers were educated in Nigeria, mostly in public schools from high school through university, and had the chance to study outside the country. The quality assurance framework of an education system relies on the quality of teachers, curriculum review and change. Effective reform of a country’s education system is only achievable when curriculum improvement is at the heart of it. This is absolutely essential because all programs must be very responsive to societal changes. The Nigerian curriculum as taught in all learning institutions including universities urgently needs a review which needs to be supported, implemented and evaluated regularly in order to keep up to date and respond to trends of the 21st century.

In Nigeria, we have always thrown money at problems without understanding how essential it is to engage in long-term strategic thinking and planning in order to fully grasp the fundamental challenges. Thus, the need for quality research on these issues will strongly help unpack these questions. While we recognize the significant contributions made by this and previous governments since the establishment of democracy in Nigeria in 1999, it is imperative for us to rethink education as a holistic and critical sector of the economy in order to begin approach the sector with a good approach. thoughtful and sustainable solutions.

Curriculum reform requires the involvement of a key stakeholder to ensure that the process is successful and achievable. This is the extent of teacher quality in Nigeria from pre-school through university. Much of the provision of schools and physical infrastructure for our institutions, including universities, have been seen as “difficult issues”. However, what is the point of investing in these investment projects if the education system lacks qualified and well-trained teachers capable of teaching a “living curriculum” capable of inculcating the skills, knowledge and competences necessary for Nigerian child capable of becoming a key teacher? actor of the 21st century at the national and global level?

An average Nigerian child should be able to access quality education as a basic right in such a wealthy country without having to attend a private school. According to the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization, quality education is a human right (UNESCO). Read https://bit.ly/3Houq82. With Nigeria’s vast wealth and the size of our government, we must ask ourselves the value of what we are doing now if we do not safeguard the future of our young population to handle the reins of leadership across the multiple sectors of the economy of Nigeria. Now is not the time for nepotism. Now is not the time to engage in a blame game about who did and didn’t do what. Now is the time to recognize that it is not too late to have meaningful debates about the quality of our education system at all levels of government, from the family to the various levels of government. The urgent need for qualified teachers throughout the education system and for curriculum reform to ensure the quality of our education system are both essential.

Humanity is at a critical crossroads. Serious nations are using their investments in education systems to accelerate their transition to a future increasingly defined by knowledge as capital. The development of human capital through a dynamic education system is necessary throughout the value chain of the school system. The countries that spend the most on research and development (R&D) are now leading the pack globally. In Africa, South Africa is the only African country to have featured in this ranking. See https://bit.ly/3FF0KDq. Nigeria cannot afford to remain insignificant on the continent or in the global community of nations. Today, we must be serious in order to have an impact on ourselves and on the black race. We must look inward, invest strategically and sustainably in our education system and, most importantly, prepare the future for the human capital needed to manage, sustain and move our nation from a resource-dependent economy to a knowledge-based economy. We have the reader. Compared to the rest of the black race, our work ethic and “can do” mentality is out of this world.

This is the first article in a series. Although we have presented a broad overview of how we see the future of our nation, Nigeria, because we are so interested in its success and future growth, the following articles will tackle micro-issues, focusing on some of the priority areas that the nation should highlight. to build on the critical issues of quality workforce and curriculum reform championed in this article. We encourage comments and constructive criticism through our social networks.
Ojo is a scholar at the University of the Witwatersrand, Johannesburg, South Africa. Falana is the managing partner of MTouch Professional Service in Lagos, Nigeria. They can be contacted on Twitter at @Emmanuel_Ojo and @Falana_Gbenga.

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