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FG Announces New Curriculum For Nigerian Universities

Federal Government, on Monday in Abuja, announced a new curriculum for University Education in Nigeria.

Vice President, Yemi Osinbajo, who disclosed this said, the new curriculum is to reflect the 21st-century realities.

The VP said, the development was part of efforts geared towards making University Education to be more responsive to the pressing needs of society.

Secretary to the Government of the Federation, Boss Mustapha, who represented the VP, explained that the introduction of the Core Curriculum and Minimum Standard to University Education, will address local issues, meet international standards and uplift scholarship in Nigerian Universities.

The Vice president also commended the NUC for the unbundling of such disciplines as Agriculture and the emergence of three courses – Allied Health Sciences, Architecture and Communication, and media studies – the three new courses in Nigerian Universities.

“This document has indeed taken cognizance of the need to provide greater academic autonomy to Universities with regards to the development of some percentage of course content.

“I commend the commission of this decision to share the minimum credit unit required for graduation in the Nigerian University in the ratio of 70 to 30 per cent. This will further create institutional peculiarity,” he said.

Executive Secretary of the National Universities Commission, Prof. Abubakar Rasheed said, the Commission has commenced the journey to restructure the Benchmark for Minimum Academic Standards (BMAS) in 2018, adding that it has introduced in its place, the Core Curriculum and Minimum Academic Standards (CCMAS).

“The new CCMAS is a product of sustained stakeholder interactions over two years,” he added.


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