Education: 6-3-3-4 has failed, those behind it should apologise- Jonathan

2010-10-05
VANGUARD Newspaper- Daniel Idonor

President Goodluck Jonathan has said the 6-3-3-4 system of education has failed to provide desired solution.
Cosequently, he called on initiators of the system to apologise to Nigerians. The system was introduced in 1982 by the Federal Government of Nigeria, stipulating six years in primary school, three years in Junior Secondary School, another three years in Senior Secondary and four years in a tertiary institution.

It had the primary focus of meeting the educational needs of Nigerians and equipping the youths with marketable skills that would make them self-reliant. Professor Babatunde Fafunwa was the Minister of Education at that time.

However, President Jonathan, at the interactive session of the Presidential Stakeholder’s Summit, at the Transcorp Hilton, lamented the picture painted by the National Universities Commission (NUC) of how an assistant lecturer 1 became acting dean, wondering what quality of education the students wiould get.
The Abe 1 of Uvwie Kingdom in Delta State, Ovie Emmanuel Sideso, insisted that only political will by the president could move education out of the doldrum it was presently in.

Chairman House Committee on Education, Faruk Lawan, also supported joint funding of the education sector. He advocated parental contributions and lamented that the value of education and the curriculum that was taught in higher institutions had become irrelevant to the overall needs of the country.
The Executive Secretary National Universities Commission (NUC), Julius Okojie, said morality on the part of higher education administrators was very crucial, saying only morality could bring standard in the system.

Professor Addison Wokocha, Registrar, Teachers Registration Council of Nigeria (TRCN), blamed the teachers at all the levels of education as being responsible for the poor foundation in the country. He lamented that most state governments did not even employ qualified teachers.




 

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