The Federal Ministry of Education has begun the development of the Basic Education Certificate Examination (BECE) syllabus, ahead of the Federal Government’s bid to provide a harmonised Basic Education Certificate (BEC).
This development is to ensure that the BEC obtained in any school around the country, remains acceptable and of equal standard and value anywhere in the country.
In designing the syllabus, the Education Ministry is working in conjunction with other tiers of government and the examination is slated to hold at the end of the student’s ninth year of schooling.
Speaking in Abuja at the opening ceremony of a workshop on the development of the BECE, Permanent Secretary in ministry, Dr. Mac John Nwaobiala, noted that the new syllabus was to take care of standards in the BECE with particular reference to how many papers a subject should have, and the time allotted to each paper.
He recalled that at the inaugural meeting on February 2009, the draft guideline on the uniform standards for the said examination was produced.
According to him, the ministry has put in place a machinery to develop the BECE syllabus, which would be used in all junior secondary schools nationwide.
He also urged participants to work out a robust syllabus that would be acceptable to all stakeholders in education sector.
“Let me use this opportunity, therefore, to call on the various subjects specialists here present, to come up with a workable syllabus that would be acceptable to all stakeholders. I urge you all to bring your expertise to bear during the process of the development of the syllabus in the various subjects, so that Nigerian children, who would be beneficiaries of the syllabus would look back and thank you for a job well done.”
In her remarks, the Deputy Director, Junior Secondary Education in the ministry, Mrs. Abimbola Olamilokun, said that the development of the BECE would be recorded as a landmark in the history of basic education development in the country.
Chief Research Officer, Nigeria Educational Research and Development Council (NERDC) Minna, Niger State, and one of the participants, Dr. Ayodele Asesiomo, expressed delight at the privilege of being one of the developers of the syllabus.
Insisting that he was only picked from among the millions of qualified Nigerians to help in fashioning the new syllabus, Asesiomo promised to do his best in contributing to producing the document, which will be used to examine Nigerian children at the end of the third lap of the Universal Basic Education (UBE).”
Source: Guardian Newspaper