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Re-Introducing History In The Nigerian Scroll Curriculum And The Government’s Light Bulb Problem

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Minister of Education, Mallam Adamu Adamu

The situation with history subject in the Nigerian school curriculum reminds me of the ‘light bulb’ anecdote. It goes like this: How many people would it take to change a light bulb in Nigeria? The answer to that question points to how the government complicates the most mundane of tasks.

We know a single person can change a light bulb all things being equal. For the government though, changing that light bulb won’t be that straightforward. First, there needs to be a committee to determine the immediate and remote cause (s) why that light bulb had to be changed.

After the committee has completed its mandate several weeks later with millions of naira spend, a set of recommendations are handed over to the government to implement. Nigerians are used to how that ends. A simple task is never simple in government.

President Buhari is in England at the moment. And he is doing what he normally does when he goes abroad: he talks to the press about things he should have while in Nigeria.

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The latest was his statement to the British Prime Minister, Theresa May, monitored by Nigeria News via agency reports. He told her it was an error to drop history as a subject from the Nigerian school curriculum. He promised the government would re-introduce the subject to schools in Nigeria.

It is safe to say Theresa May had no clue history wasn’t part of the Nigerian school curriculum. These are not the sort of things her aides would prep her about before the meeting with President Buhari.

There are more important issues like the Boko Haram insurgency, killer herdsmen, effect of Brexit on Nigeria, trade issues, and so on.

And it is very likely she must have been very surprised to learn from the President school kids in Nigeria don’t have the benefit of learning their history. Which serious country drops history from the school curriculum she must have asked her herself.

Here is the light bulb situation about this issue. This is not the first time the government had promised to restore the history as a subject. Two years ago in September 2016, the Minister of Education, Malam Adamu Adamu, told a National Council on Education (NCE) Congress that history would be re-introduced as a subject

Subsequently, after that NCE Congress, the body tasked with the responsibility of developing school curriculum in Nigeria, the National Education Research and Development Council (NERDC), was asked to get on with it.

This is two years later, and Nigerians are still waiting for the government to do what needs to be done.

History was officially removed from the Nigerian school curriculum in the 2009/2010 academic session. Before that though, many schools had already stopped teaching the subject.

Even as far back as the early years of the 1990s, foremost educationist and former Minister of Education, Professor Babs Fafunwa had called for the scrapping of history as a subject. According to him, Nigeria should focus more on science and technology.

When it was finally dropped, the government reasoned that history had no place in a developing country like Nigeria because employers were no longer interested in giving jobs to people who studied history. And borrowing a leaf from Prof Fafunwa’s template, the government claimed its resources were better utilized promoting the sciences.

With due respects to the memory of Prof Fafunwa and the government officials who finally canceled history, they were completely wrong.

This is how a nation gets shafted into following the wrong path when unqualified people are allowed to make decisions for the rest of us.

History basically, is a study of past political and social events that made an impact at the time it happened. A nation ignorant of its history is easily taken advantage of by others.

A perfect example is how the white colonial masters almost successfully expunged our history and replaced it with one they preferred.

The result was a people who felt they were inferior to their colonial masters. Even though a new generation of people is getting to grips with the correct version of historical facts, many people are still suffering from what is popularly called ‘colonial mentality’: this is the belief that we are second class humans compared to the whites.

It is sad.

The cancellation of history in the Nigerian school curriculum years ago was a big setback to re-orientating the young ones. It is from learning the feats and achievements of our forebears that we get to be very proud of who we are as a people.

Knowledge of your history ensures that nobody would stand before you and claim superiority over you because of their race.

And for God’s sake, saying that nobody employs history graduates shows the low mental acumen of our policymakers. Education is never primarily about getting a job.

Being educated is one of the greatest gifts that can be given to anybody. As for getting jobs, even illiterates and the uneducated get jobs all over the place.

So how long would it take Nigeria to re-introduce history as a subject in the Nigerian school curriculum? If President Buhari is serious about what he said, then he has to give the education ministry a kick up the butt to get them to do it immediately.

If not, we are going to wait a long time for it to happen. That is, if it actually happens.

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Minister of Education, Adamu Adamu Finally Speaks On 2019 JAMB Results

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Minister of Education, Adamu Adamu Finally Speaks On 2019 JAMB Results

During a briefing in JAMB headquaters complex in Bwari, Abuja, the Minister for Education, Mallam Adam Adamu praised the Joint Admissions and Matriculation Board, JAMB for showing absolute honesty, transparency and efficiency in executing its role to the Nigeria educational system, NIGERIA NEWS reports.

The Minister said the following on Saturday that, “There is no doubt about it, that the motto of the Board which is Service and Integrity had long visualised the current leadership of the organisation.

Mr. Adamu additionally said, “I, therefore, congratulate Dr Emmanuel Ndukwue, the Chairman of the Governing Board and his team for a wonderful job,’

The Minister, Adamu said that the effort JAMB had executed to curb examination malpractice through taking time to release the UTME result is worthwhile and it’s going to make the public aware that there is consequence for any sort of malpractices carried out even  after which they’ve successfully succeed in the act.

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The Minister also added that it is disheartening that the examination misconduct are more common among the young ones who are regarded to be the leader of tomorrow. He then said that the Ministry of Education are in supportive of the examination body in the quest to reduced the menace of examination misconduct.

He further added that JAMB have come to lay example for other examination body in the country, and that they are worth emulating. He urged that other examination body to also take the horn to reduce examination misconduct that has been of rampant things across the country.

As per the remodelling of the JAMB headquarter, the JAMB Registrar, Prof. Ishaq Oloyede said that the project estimatedly cost 46 million naira.

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JAMB UTME results: JAMB 2019 top news today, May 18th

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Today, May 18 2019, NIGERIA NEWS have gathered the latest JAMB news. This includes the release of JAMB 2019 UTME exams.

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JAMB students can now check there UTME Results Online

Mr. Fabian Benjamin, the Head of JAMB’s Media and Information Unit, says that candidates can now check their results online. Find out how to Check your result online.

It is has been discovered that some students are having problems with checking their results through the SMS platform. Therefore, the exam board decided to open the portal for accessing the 2019 UTME score online.

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Mr Fabian said:

“Candidates can now check their results on the portal.

“They must first log into their profiles and then, click on ‘check UTME Examination Results”

JAMB reveals the number of Candidates that have checked their UTME Results

Following reports that some students could not check their result through SMS, the exam has decided to open up on the issue.

After a long delay, JAMB finally announced the release of the 2019 UTME Results on May 11, 2019.

Students were told to send ‘RESULTS’ to 55019 with the phone number used in registering the JAMB form.

Mr Fabian Benjamin who disprove the claims that some students are yet to see their results, said that over 1.5 Million students have gain access to their results.

How to Print Out JAMB 2019 UTME Results Online

The Joint Admission and Matriculation Board (JAMB) has opened its online portal for accessing the UTME 2019 Results.

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The Results which have taken a long time to be released was initially unavailable online. But now, It is opened for Printing out the result.

Here are 3 Ways to Print your result:

  • Click on JAMB RESULT PORTAL
  • Enter ONLY your Registration Number or E-Mail address used for JAMB Registration
  • Connect a Printer to Print Out the Result

Check out The 2019 UTME Result Breakdown

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