FG releases new university curricula in Nigeria
A new curriculum for university education in the nation has been announced by the Federal Government, which claims it will reflect the realities of the twenty-first century.
This was revealed on Monday at the unveiling of the new curriculum in Abuja by Vice President Professor Yemi Osinbajo.
According to Osibanjo, the advancement was made as part of initiatives to make higher education more responsive to the urgent needs of society.
Professor Osinbajo was represented at the unveiling by the Secretary to the Government of the Federation, Boss Mustapha.
He explained that the introduction of the Core Curriculum and Minimum Standard to university education will address local issues, meet international standards and uplift scholarship in Nigerian universities.
The Vice president also commended the NUC for the unbundling of such disciplines as Agriculture and the emergence of three courses – Allied Health Sciences, Architecture and Communication, and media studies – the three new courses in Nigerian Universities.
“This document has indeed taken cognizance of the need to provide greater academic autonomy to universities with regards to the development of some percentage of course content.
“I commend the commission of this decision to share the minimum credit unit required for graduation in the Nigerian university in the ratio of 70 to 30 per cent. This will further create institutional peculiarity,” he said.
The National Universities Commission's Executive Secretary, Prof. Abubakar Rasheed, also spoke at the event. He stated that the commission started the process of restructuring the Benchmark for Minimum Academic Standards BMAS in 2018 and that it has since introduced the Core Curriculum and Minimum Academic Standards in its place.
He added that the new CCMAS is a product of sustained stakeholder interactions over two years.