Lagos approves new curriculum for public senior schools

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LAGOS State has approved a new Senior Secondary School (SSS) curriculum for all public schools in the state, the State Commissioner for Education, Mrs Olayinka Oladunjoye, has disclosed.

Oladunjoye said the highlights of the new SSS curriculum included the fact that all SSS students in public schools were expected to offer nine subjects made up of five compulsory core subjects, including English Language, Mathematics, Civic Education, Biology and one trade subject, adding that civic education is, however, optional for present SS III students in the 2013/2014 academic session.

The commissioner pointed out that the new curriculum expects all SSS students in public schools to also offer three subjects from the various specialisation groups made up of Science and Mathematics, Business Studies, Humanities and Technology, as well as one elective subject chosen from any subject group other than the subject of specialisation.

The commissioner listed the 10 trade subjects being offered in public schools, out which one must be offered by students in SSS as including Catering, Craft Practice, Garment Making, Dyeing and Bleaching, Data Processing, Store Keeping, Book Keeping, Animal Husbandry, Fisheries, Marketing and Salesmanship.

She said: “Teachers in related subject areas are being encouraged to teach Civic Education and the trade subjects. The district’s guidance and counsellors have already been informed of the guidelines in the new curriculum and the information has been communicated to school counsellors and year tutors in all public senior secondary schools.”

She added that seminars and workshop would be organised at all the six education districts in the state to educate teachers on the new  SSS curriculum, adding that two periods should be allocated to each trade subjects on the schools’ timetables.

Oladunjoye said the schemes of work for Creative and Cultural Arts for Junior Secondary Schools (JSS) would be streamlined at the next review.

In : Lagos

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