Reform in curriculum for basic education in Nigeria: the need for character training curriculum
Dr (Mrs) Hanna Yusuf
Lecturer, curriculum section, faculty of education, Ahmadu Bello University, Samaru – Zaria.
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Received 02 October, 2010; Accepted 28 October, 2010
Nigeria educational system has gone through various developments recently. The selection and organization of curriculum contents distribution and use of teaching materials and its relevance to the curriculum, the need and aspirations of the society are problems associated with Nigeria educational system. Therefore changes have become imperative in the current curriculum for all the educational levels in Nigeria. This is the crux of this paper. Children and youths of today do not live in a “kid-friendly” world. They face serious problems as never before: problems such as substance abuse, teenage pregnancy and youth violence, among others. These events therefore accentuate the fact that we live in a terrible world. Now more than ever, it dawn on us as educators to be diligent in our efforts to educate the child wholly. Many claim it is no longer enough to simply teach Math or Reading Social Studies or Music, effort should be made in teaching “right from wrong”, hence the need for character training curriculum. The benefits of character training education as highlighted in this paper are immense. It includes among others an admiration for quality of character that assures the young that there is the need to be responsible and to act right. The paper concludes with the fact that the school can give a virtuous foundation through the teaching of character training education as an independent subject in primary, post primary and tertiary levels.
Keyword: Character, Training, Reform, Curriculum, Basic Education.