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NUC finalises review of varsity curriculum

Executive Secretary of the National Universities Commission (NUC), Prof. Abubakar Rasheed, said the agency was in the final stage of “a draft review” of Nigeria’s university curriculum.
Rasheed stated this at a high-level interactive dialogue commemorating this year’s International Day of Education at the United Nations Headquarters in New York.
Speaking as a panelist at the event, he said the move was part of efforts by the Federal Government to revitalise the country’s tertiary education system.
“We are about to conclude the draft review of the entire country’s curriculum, working closely with the industries in the country to identify the gaps between the classroom experience and the workplace experience.
“We are very happy because we are currently being helped by the Nigerian Economic Summit Group,” he said.
The NUC boss was speaking on Nigeria’s university education challenges in the areas of access, quality, safety on campuses, inclusion, among others, and how they were being addressed.
The government, he said, fully understood the challenges facing the country’s educational sector and was taking steps to address them.
He stated that a committee of experts, raised by the commission two years ago to examine the sector, produced a draft blueprint with inputs from all stakeholders.
In the blueprint, he said, poor access and quality of university education were identified as the major challenges in the system.
“Currently, there are 172 universities in Nigeria. 79  are privately owned, largely by churches, some by Muslim organisations and by individuals.
“The others are public universities owned by the Federal Government and various state governments.
“We have a total population enrollment of slightly over two million in the entire university system, which spells a very serious problem; it is almost a crisis.
“A population of 200 million people with a total university enrolment of just two million translates into one per cent of the population currently in the university.”
He said another dimension to the challenge of access was the gender composition of university students in the country and their enrolment in core courses such as Engineering, IT and others

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