UBE ( Universal Basic Education ) curriculum Frequently asked questions and answers;
*How is this basic education curriculum different from the old curriculum?
- There are gaps in the old curriculum, which the new basic education curriculum has addressed.
New subjects have been introduced to replace obsolete subjects and core subjects redefined.
The new curriculum has taken account of the target needs of value re-orientation, poverty eradication, job creation and wealth generation.
* What are the gaps in the old primary and junior secondary curriculum?
-There is a disconnection in some subject between primary and JSS curricula in the context of the 9- year continuous basic education schooling:
Primary Science and Integrated Science.
The existing curriculum could not achieve acquisition of entrepreneurial skills, strategic communication skills and functional literacy and numeracy.
* How are these gaps closed in the 9-year Basic education curriculum ?
- Restructuring the primary and JSS curricula into a continuous 9-year basic education curriculum.
Introduction of subject such as Basic Science and Basic technology to replace primary science/integrated science and introductory technology. Rendering Cultural and Creative Arts as a holistic subject.
Introducing ICT and French as core subject.
*What are the main features of the new 9-year basic education curriculum?
- The separation of Basic Science and Basic Technology in JSS 1.
Core Subjects include English Studies, Mathematics, Basic Science and Technology, Social Studies, Cultural and Creative Arts, Health and Physical Education, Languages (Hausa/Igbo/Yoruba), Religious Studies (Christian/Islamic), Computer Studies.
Elective subjects include Arabic, Agriculture, and Hone Economics.
Introduction of French Language as a cure subject from Primary 4.
*What is the philosophy of the 9-year Basic Education Curriculum?
- Every learner who has gone through 9-years of basics education should have acquired appropriate levels of literacy, numeracy, manipulative, communicative and life-skills; as well as he ethical, moral and civic needs for laying a solid foundation for scientific and reflective thinking.