THE Delta State governor, Ifeanyi Okowa, has called for regular review of school curriculum in order to properly equip learners with right skills for global competitiveness.
He spoke while declaring open a nine-day workshop on Curriculum Revision and Development of Schemes of Work for primary and junior secondary schools in Delta State, held in Asaba, the state capital.
“The society is best served by its educational community when the curriculum is designed, developed and deployed to solve the problems of the society in which it exists,” he said.
Okowa emphasised that a curriculum should enable the products of educational institutions to possess critical thinking skills, independent learning skills, teamwork and leadership skills, entrepreneurial as well as social and ethical awareness.
According to him, the workshop should ensure the availability of a scheme of work that would not breakdown the content areas and activities that schools could cover on weekly and per term basis.
Represented by his Chief of Staff, Olorogun David Edevbie, the governor maintained that the review process of a curriculum should involve all relevant stakeholders and also stand to benefit from an objective dispassionate analysis of the strength and weakness of the old and current curriculum.
Emeritus Professor Pai Obanya of the Institute of Education, University of Ibadan, who directed the workshop, said the event marked the implementation of one of the resolutions of the state education summit held in 2016 which he said sought to create a modern learning environment that deployed appropriate instructional tools/strategies and empowered the individual to master the challenges of the 21st Century.
He recalled that a similar exercise was carried out in the state in 2012, adding that after eight years, it was imperative to carry out another revision exercise to meet the needs of the changing world and the evolving roles of the classic teachers.
Earlier in his address, the Commissioner for Basic and Secondary Education, Chief Patrick Ukah noted that pupils and students had developed very poor reading culture which he said was fueled by the misapplication of Information Communication Technology (ICT), and other sundry factors.
According to him, most teachers appeared not to grapple adequately with contemporary innovative teaching techniques.