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National Council on Education Approves 12-Point Policy Framework


National Council on EducationThe National Council on Education (NCE), on Friday, 28 June, 2013, rose from its 59th session with far-reaching decisions, including the approval of a 12-point policy framework for the development of education in the country. The conference held at the International Conference Centre, Abuja, had the theme, Strengthening the Institutional Management of Education for Quality Service Delivery.

The following decisions were reached:

  1. NUC collaborating with Independent Corrupt Practices Commission (ICPC) in closing down illegal satellite campuses and had secured the conviction of the proprietor of a ‘North Central University’, Otukpo, Benue State. The Federal Ministry of Education (FME), States and the FCT to support the efforts of NUC in obtaining appropriate legal instruments to sanction the operators of illegal satellite campuses;
  2. FME, States and FCT to offer Scholarship/Bursary awards to Students studying Physics, Chemistry and Mathematics Education in Tertiary Institutions;
  3. Approved the implementation of the revised 9-Year Basic Education Curriculum, with effect from 2014 beginning with Primary 1 and Junior Secondary School 1; that States that were ready were to implement the examination of students based on the new senior secondary school curriculum in June 2014 and subsequently all states must implement this policy from June 2015.
  4. Admission ratio of students in Science and Trade subjects into Technical Colleges to be 30:70 respectively;
  5. Every student in Federal and State Science and Technical Colleges must offer a Technical subject;
  6. Re-activation of Teacher Vacation Course (TVC) by FME, States and FCT in collaboration with Professional Associations and subject Specialists;
  7. Adoption of Isoko Language Curriculum;
  8. Printing of the 2007 5th edition of the National Policy on Education;
  9. 2013 6th edition of the National Policy on Education;
  10. National Policy on Albinism and Implementation Guidelines;
  11. Incorporation of the 1-year pre-primary education into the existing 6-3-3-4 to become 1-6-3-3-4;
  12. Adoption and implementation of the strategic plan for establishing Enterprise education units and development of Enterprise Programmes and Activities in Senior Secondary Schools;

Other highlights of the meeting are:

  • The National Board for Technical Education (NBTE) had directed all Polytechnics to give recognition to the Certificates awarded to graduates of Vocational Enterprise Institutions (VEIs) for admission into National Diploma (ND) programmes;
  • Holders of ND from Innovation Enterprise Institutions (IEIs) should be considered for admission into HND programmes;
  • The need to equip and Strengthen the Mathematics and Science Education (SMASE) National Training Centre to International standard;
  • The need to build the capacity of Technical and Vocational Education and Training (TVET) teacher in entrepreneurial education;
  • That Nigerian Educational Research and Development Council (NERDC), in collaboration with the National Emergency Management Agency (NEMA), had infused disaster-risk reduction education into relevant carrier subjects of the new Senior Secondary Education Curriculum;
  •  That States and FCT establish 1-Year Pre-Primary Education Centres with adequate facilities in every primary school;
  • That States and FCT appoint Heads of Education Planning Departments from among professionals in Education;
  • The FME, States and FCT train Head-Teachers, School Principals and other education planners and administrators on data gathering, analysis and application for effective service delivery;
  • That States and FCT implement the National Education Management Information System (NEMIS) Policy, by setting up and maintaining functional EMIS Units;
  • That States and FCT appoint only persons with a minimum of first degree in education as Education Secretary;
  • FME, States and FCT include Private school teachers in capacity building programmes at a cost to be borne by the Proprietors;
  • FME, States and FCT to embark on sensitization and advocacy on IEIs and VEIs;
  • States and FCT to give due attention to Special Education by carrying out more sensitization and capacity building programmes for teachers on inclusive education;
  • The National Implementation Committee on Almajiri Education Programme to cater for the children with special needs through inclusive education;
  • That States and FCT emulate FME in providing approved guidelines for the appointment of principals/Head-Teachers in their schools for quality service delivery;
  • FME, States and FCT to collaborate with Nigerian Institute for Educational Planning and Administration (NIEPA) in organizing regular capacity building workshops and Professional Development Courses for School Administrators and Planners as well as States and FCT to direct Head-Teachers and Principals to constitute functional School-Based Management Committees (SBMC) in their schools.
  • NECO must produce and release all outstanding Certificates before the next NCE meeting and thereafter ensure release of certificates before the conduct of similar examinations;
  • Relevant Regulatory Agencies and Institutions to recognize and accept Senior Arabic and Islamic School Certificate (SAISSC) for admission into Tertiary Institutions;
  • FME to liaise with the Federal Ministry of Industry, Trade and Investments to ensure that the Industrial Training Fund (ITF) caters for and supervises Technical College students on SIWES;
  • National Teachers’ Institute (NTI) to interface with NERDC on the Teacher Education in Sub-Saharan Africa (TESSA) Toolkit for Teaching Practice Supervision for assessment and quality assurance;
  • NUC, NBTE and NCCE to ensure that all lecturers in tertiary institutions possess teaching qualifications in conformity with the provision of the National Policy on Education;
  • NUC to sanction universities that charge above the approved Post-UTME fee of N2,000; and
  • NERDC to produce Implementation Guidelines for the 2013 6th edition of the National Policy on Education.

Source: NUC Bulletine

July 28, 2013 |

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