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FG flags off disarticulation policy on History

The Federal Government has reintroduced disarticulation of History content in primary and secondary schools curricula.

Minister of Education, Malam Adamu Adamu,  who fagged off the programme in Abuja on Thursday, said the move would enable children have indepth knowledge about their past.

Adamu called on experts to develop curricular objectives and contents that would lead to positive learning outcomes.

He also urged stakeholders to key into the development and ensure proper implementation of the history curriculum when it was finally developed.

The minister stressed on the need for continuous inclusion and reinforcement of history in the curriculum, to enable learners become well enlightened citizens with respect for diversity and strive for attainment of unity of Nigeria.

Adamu said: “It will inculcate positive values of service, morality, discipline, courage, nationalism, and patriotism as shown by the history of our heroes. It will enable children in the earliest stage to appreciate our past, have a knowledge of our civilisations, cultures and political attainment as a nation.

“The Flag off is a good beginning of the execution of one of the strategic goals of the Education ministry” he added.

Executive Secretary of the Nigerian Educational Research and Development Council (NERDC), Prof. Ismaila Junaidu, said the decision to separate History contents from Social Studies Curriculum was in line with curriculum best practices as it was informed by policy decisions ,needs assessment and popular demand.

Professor Junaidu hinted that the implementation of history in the curriculum would commence in full force next academic session.

“In a swift reaction to policy directives and in the discharge of its mandate on curriculum, the NERDC has strategized activities for the disarticulation of History.

“We are hoping that by next academic session, we should start implementing it. This is what the country is yearning for. By the next National Council of Education, we should be able to table the curriculum itself and once we have the curriculum, we will distribute to it the schools,” he said.

Sunday Olatunji
Dele Fashomi, seasoned journalist and communication teacher, is a holder of Master of Arts degree in Communication and Language Arts from the University of Ibadan in 1992/93. Earlier, he had bagged a Bachelor degree from the same university in 1984, after which he proceeded to the Nigerian Institute of Journalism, Lagos, in 1990, for a postgraduate diploma in Journalism. He had done many courses in communication, including the EU-BBC Editing Course in 2002. Mr. Fashomi combines effectively the practice, research and teaching of communication. And to date, he has published two academic works in communication: Issues in Communication Technology and Policy (2010) and Economic and Social Issues in Advertising and PR (2013). He had his first break in the Nigerian media in Concord Newspapers in 1990 and today, he has over two and half decades experience earned in several newspapers. He has been part of many start-ups, such as The Republic (1987), The Comet (1999), The Anchor 2001 - 2002; Sun Newspapers (2003); Westerner newsmagazine (2005 - 2010) as Editor; National Life (2011) as Sunday Editor, and Newswatch Newspapers (2012- 2016) as Daily Editor. Dele Fashomi is now the Publisher/Editor-in-Chief of newspaper online, which he started in July 2015. He is also into biography writing, with many books in his trail, some of which he wrote alone and one he co- authored with his mentor, Mr Dare Babarinsa, entitled:  Olabiyi Durojaiye - DARE TO BE DiFFERENT. He also guided and collaborated with Pa Olatunji Odusanya in writing his autobiography - AGAINST ALL ODDS. There are many other books in the works under his pen.