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NIGERIA

 

FEDERAL REPUBLIC OF NIGERIA COUNTRY REPORT

Chapter Name: SMASE-Nigeria

On-going programme: SMASE-Nigeria Project, has been implementing strengthening of Mathematics and Science Education in [SMASE-Nigeria] project since August 2006 that has realized active participation of children during Mathematics and Science lessons

Delegate: Mr. Joseph Chimezie Aguiyi

Title: SMASE National Coordinator

Federal Ministry of Education, Technology and Science Education Department,

Ahmadu-Bello Way, Maitama-Abuja.

 

1.0  Introduction

The education system in Nigeria as approved by the National Council of Education (NCE) in June 28th, 2013 is the 1-6-3-3-4. This implies one year of early child education, six years of primary school education, three years of junior secondary school, three years of senior secondary school and four years of tertiary education.

 

STAGE AGE
Kindergarten 0-5 Compulsory
Primary School 6-11 Compulsory
Junior Secondary Schools 12-14 Compulsory
Senior Secondary Schools 15-18 Not Compulsory
Universities and Colleges 18+ Not Compulsory

The Nigeria government through the Federal Ministry of Education (FME) recognises the role played by teachers in improving the quality of education. An In- Service education and training (INSET) system was established in 2006 to build the capacity of serving teachers in Mathematics and Science Education for effective curriculum implementation in collaboration with the Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA). The Federal Ministry of Education has institutionalised INSET for teachers to address the gaps of inadequate initial teacher preparation by establishing the National INSET Centre at National Teachers’ Institute (NTI) at Kaduna, Nigeria. The programme is being coordinated by Federal Ministry of Education through the Technology and Science Education Department. The first phase of the project started in 2006 with the National INSET Centre located at the National Commission for Colleges of Education (NCCE). At the inception of the second phase the National INSET Centre was relocated to the NTI. In Nigeria NCCE is in charge of the pre-service teacher education while NTI is in charge of retraining serving teachers.

SMASE Nigeria Project Objective:

  • Positive change of teachers' attitude to the teacher profession in general and teaching and learning of Mathematics and Science in particular.
  • Improvement in performance of teachers in subject mastery, pedagogical skills and resource utilization as well as pupils' participation in classroom activities.

 

2.0  Continuous Professional Development Programmes

SMASE In-Service Education and Training (INSET) started at the primary education level and is on-going. However, the National Coordinating Unit in Federal Ministry of Education (FME) has developed a training content for the extension of the INSET to the secondary education level. FME has gone into discussions with NCCE and JICA to extend SMASE INSET to lecturers in Colleges of Education at pre-service teacher education level.

SMASE INSET is organized on a three tier (National, State and Local) cascading system and School Based Training (SBT). At the National level, national trainers train state trainers. At the state level, state trainers train core teachers in their respective states. At the local level core teachers train classroom teachers selected from all the schools in the states. SBT is for disseminating knowledge and skills to all teachers and ensuring sustainable practice of the attainment the INSET through school based training.

The pilot phase of the Project was implemented from 2006 to 2009 in three states of the Federation (Niger, Plateau and Kaduna), with the following activities:

  • Establishment of National and State INSET centres.
  • Training for trainers, development of training content and materials.
  • Prioritize INSET in Government budget plan.

The second phase was implemented from 2010 to 2014 with the following activities:

  • Extension of SMASE INSET activities in the remaining thirty-three (33) States of the Federation and the Federal Capital Territory (FCT).
  • Relocation of SMASE National INSET center to NTI, Kaduna.
  • Establishment of State and Local INSET centers across the states.
  • Development of SMASE INSET Guidelines.

On expiration of the second phase of SMASE Nigeria Project in February 2014, there has been a continuous expansion of SMASE activities in all States. The SMASE National INSET Centre at NTI, Kaduna has been organizing National INSETs while the States have been organizing State and Local INSETs respectively. Total number of teachers trained in the country so far stands at, four hundred and twenty nine (429) State Trainers, Ten thousand eight hundred and sixty (10,860) Core Teachers and Nine Thousand, five hundred and ten (9,510) School Teachers from 2006 to date.

Beside the national, state and local trainings in Nigeria, JICA offers overseas trainings in Japan, Kenya, Zambia, Malaysia and Swaziland to Nigerian primary teachers and managers/stakeholders to a total of 414 persons. These trainings are related to pedagogy, classroom practices and INSET Management.

No. Of Nigerians that have Participated in the training outside Nigeria (2006-to date):

COUNTRIES JAPAN UGANDA ZAMBIA MALAYSIA KENYA SWAZILAND
TOTAL TRAINED 161 4 6 36 205 2

 

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