Why Curriculum Dev. Is Crucial, Evolutionary For New Skills – NUC

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BY NGOZI NWANKWO, ABUJA – The National Universities Commission (NUC), has said that curriculum development is crucial, evolutionary and dynamic in education and in improving learning outcomes which are essential for the culture of curriculum development and review to be at pace with current global trends.

The Commission noted that today’s curriculum needs, require the incorporation of interactive technology to assist students understand concepts and learning of new skills.

The Acting Executive Secretary of the Commission, Mr. Chris J Maiyaki stated these on Monday, March 26, 2024 while presenting a keynote address at the British Council Workshop on Enhancing Curriculum and Pedagogical Approaches in Nigerian Universities held in Abuja, said institutions, government and private sector experts should strengthen existing collaboration and feedback mechanisms to incorporate best practices in curriculum development for higher education with a view to shaping a brighter and more resilient future for graduates and national economic development.

He said; “The National Universities Commission is more than disposed to engage in collaborations that will continually reshape our understanding of the importance of curriculum development and effective implementation in our world today”.

He further said that curriculum is the bedrock of education and its development refers to a process of creating educational programmes and materials that align with the current standards and incorporate subjects and skills that are relevant today and for the future.

Maiyaki further said; “The goal is to ensure that students acquire comprehensive learning experiences that meet their needs and prepare them for the demands of the globalised 21 C workforce.

“A well-crafted curriculum experience provides classroom teachers, students and policy makers with a measurable plan and structure for delivering high-quality education.

“An ideal curriculum identifies learning outcomes and core competencies that students must demonstrate before advancing to the next level. It is built on goals and objectives and should aim to enhance skills reinforcement.

“Continuous curriculum reform has been considered a necessary measure to assist schools respond to a fast-changing world. Initiating such reforms is not without challenges as, sometimes, the actualisation of the curriculum renewal is not fully realised due to the challenges of implementation,” he said.

Maiyaki noted that the workshop is coming on the heels of the implementation of the recently-developed Core Curriculum and Minimum Academic (CCMAS).

While appreciating British Council’s foresightedness in organising the workshop, the NUC said it is one thing to review or develop a new curriculum while it is another to deploy the curriculum effectively and efficiently in training students in their chosen disciplines.

He said that knowledge without implementation is an exercise in futility, adding that as a corollary, training without practice is a waste of effort.

In the words of Maiyaki; “We have a real problem with execution gaps at institutional levels which you should address at this workshop.

“It is the policy of the NUC to train and retrain university staff, both academic and non-academic, in the implementation of ideas and policies that are functional to the wellbeing of our Institutions.

“The efforts of some of our Universities in cascading these training programmes in their respective domains is quite commendable and most compelling. It is the Commission’s expectation that at the end of this Workshop, participants from the Universities would be better equipped in implementing the CCMAS and related innovations,” he said.

Maiyaki expressed NUC’s willingness to engage in collaborations that will continually reshape the understanding of the importance of curriculum development and effective implementation.

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