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CCMAS: Minister unveils new curriculum for Nigerian universities

*Malam Adamu Adamu, Honourable Minister for Education explains the new-fangled Core Curriculum Minimum Academic Standards (CCMAS) Book 1 series will equip graduates across the Nigerian universities with needed skills, knowledge and expertise to succeed in the 21st Century

Isola Moses | ConsumerConnect

In a renewed move to significant add value to graduates from the apex learning institutions in the country, Malam Adamu Adamu, Honourable Minister for Education, has presented a new curriculum for Nigerian universities.

ConsumerConnect reports the Minister disclosed this development during the public presentation of Core Curriculum Minimum Academic Standards (CCMAS) Book 1 series for Nigerian universities and a book in his honour Tuesday, May 16, 2023, in Abuja, FCT.

Adamu explained the new curriculum would equip graduates across universities with needed skills, knowledge and expertise to succeed in the 21st century.

“We must continue to ensure graduates from Nigeria universities are equipped with needed skills, knowledge and expertise in order to succeed in the 21st Century.

“We must consistently strive to improve our educational programmes and learning with the reality of global best practices.

“The CCMAS book series is aimed at achieving this goal,” stated he.

The Minister for Education urged the stakeholders in the University system on the full implementation of the curriculum.

According to him, the launch of CCMAS in 17 disciplines was one of the greatest steps the National Universities Commission (NUC) has taken to ensure the West African country’s universities meet current global demands.

Adamu also said: “The implementation of CCMAS requires dedication, hard work and willingness to embrace change by every one.

“Therefore, it is important we embrace training and equipping our academics with the necessary skills and knowledge to implement CMAS.”

Education backwardness in Northern Nigeria self-inflicted: Adamu

Meanwhile, the Minister has declared that the current education backwardness being witnessed in the Northern part of the country is caused by people of the area.

He, however, lauded the NUC for its drive in ensuring the establishment of more private universities in the region.

The Commission’s effort is paying off with the establishment of more of such institutions in Northern Nigeria in recent times, said the Minister.

‘Islam is greatest promulgator of knowledge’

Adamu further went down the memory lane and stated: “The North is in self-imposed educational backwardness because the interest of the North is Islam, and Islam is the greatest promulgator of knowledge.

“In 859 AD, one Fatima Al-Fihri (sic), a Muslim woman established the first university in the world, at the time, the Italian universities, Oxford, Cambridge universities have not started, the first university is still existing there, it is now in Morocco.”

The Minister also recalled: “And about 100 years after that one, another university was established, the second university in the world before the universities of Europe, in Cairo and just like the first one, this university was established by a Muslim woman, Fatimatu Zahara.

“So the first two universities in the world were established by Muslim women and here people are using Islam to keep women at home. I think it does not make sense.”

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