Undu Ngutor BSU/VTE/M.Sc/12/3740 Assignment 2

Post date: Mar 29, 2014 10:24:34 AM

VTE 702 CURRICULUM DEVELOPMENT IN VTE

RESPONSES TO GROUP 2 PRESENTATION, POSTED BY

NAME: UNDU NGU TOR

REG. NO: BSU/VTE/M.Sc/12/3740

Dynamics of curriculum revision

1. Three (3) national issues that commonly prompt and shape changes in curriculum and education systems are”

i. Government policies – If the government decides that changes should be made on her national curriculum, the changes will definitely take place.

ii. Societal needs- The need for civic education in secondary school in Nigeria as well as the need for computer literacy has made incorporating them into the curriculum mandatory.

iii. Change in the educational process – In Nigeria the change from 6-3-3-4 system of education to the 9-3-4 system prompt changes in the curriculum.

2. The participants or stakeholders involved in education reform and curriculum change and their respective roles and interests in policy formulation are

(a) National Board for Technical Education (NBTE) – Their function is to offer accreditation to established polytechnic, monotechnic and technical colleges and approve their courses.

(b) National Universities Commission (NUC) – Their function is to offer accreditation to newly and already existing universities which meets their set standards as well as disapproval of universities or course which does not meet a set standard.

(c) National Commission for Colleges of Education (NCCE) – Their function is to approve and disapprove newly established colleges of education and their courses based on their set standards.

3. Potential problems and areas of conflict that may arise from formulation and implementation of changes in the curriculum are:

a. Short duration of covering the curriculum

b. Lack of facilities

c. Lack of funds

d. Insufficient trained manpower

e. Lack of students’ interest in learning

f. Lack of teachers’ commitment to teaching

4. Suggested ways of managing/dealing with conflict and resistance as well as mobilizing popular support for on – going or proposed change in the curriculum are:

a. Provision of financial support by government

b. Creation of awareness to the society

c. Involving curriculum implementers at the changing stage.

d. Motivating the teachers

5. Examples of sensitive or challenging curriculum policy issues in Nigeria, in particular socio-political and cultural contexts are:

The use of English as a general language has affected the implementation of curriculum in most Northern States in Nigeria since their culture value their mother (native) language more than any other language. Also most southern states in Nigeria does not have mountains and hills, but topics on mountains and hills are incorporated in the geography curriculum, which makes teaching / learning abstract.