Thursday, February 10, 2011

Nigerian Government to Phase Out 6-3-3-4 Education System

The Federal Government has said the 6-3-3-4 system of education introduced during the military administration of former Head of State, General Ibrahim Babangida, would be phased out.

Minister of State for Education, Kenneth Gbagi, said this at a meeting with executives of the National Association of Private Proprietors of Schools (NAPPS) led by its Chairman, Saidu Ahmed Mijinyawa in Abuja late Tuesday, where he apologized to them over the closure of primary and secondary schools for voters' registration by the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC).

President Goodluck Jonathan had earlier agreed on the phasing out of the 6-3-3-4 system of education last year at the National Education Summit and asked those that introduced it to apologise to Nigerians because of its failure.

Gbagi said the national curriculum of education would be redesigned to phase out the present system of 6-3-3-4.

This he said would give way for the reintroduction of the old system of education which he referred to as better.

He also apologised on behalf of the Federal Government to the proprietors private schools for the sudden decision to extend the reopening date of primary and secondary schools in January to allow for the conduct of the voters' registration without any consultation or input from private schools. The minister added that they would be engaged in dialogue to gain their input towards the resolution of issues that affect stakeholders in the education sector.

He also directed examination bodies to discontinue with the registration of "magic centres" across the country.

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