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ICPC, NERDC to partner on enriching National Values Curriculum

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The Independent Corrupt Practices and Other Related Offences Commission (ICPC) said it would collaborate with the Nigerian Educational Research and Development Council (NERDC) to re-examine the National Values Curriculum (NVC,) to enrich its content.

Speaking at a two-day teacher’s training on the NVC,  ICPC Chairman, Prof. Bolaji Owasanoye, on Wednesday said that the commission would also develop text books and other source materials for the teaching of values in schools.

The training was organised by ICPC in collaboration with Youth Alive Foundation.

Owasanoye who was represented by a member of the commission, Mrs Hannatu Muhammed said that re-examining the curriculum was necessary as a lot had changed over the years and a lot of input could be made to the NVC.

The chairman also said that the commission was partnering with teachers and educational administrators in inculcating positive values in children.

He said that values in education was a very important concept to the commission as ICPC aimed at getting children at a very young age and impress them with the need to imbibe positive values.

“Teachers are our partners in this.

“Over the course of the year, we hope to have greater interaction with teachers, parents and other stakeholders who interact with youths on the need to ensure that our youths imbibe positive values to be leaders we can all be proud of.”

He said that the commission was not resting on its laurels as far as  the NVC was concerned.

The chairman said that the ICPC was also interested in ensuring that the students got the best out of the curriculum adding that the commission was doing this through training of teachers on the teaching of the NVC.

He said that through the training, teachers would be able to identify elements of the curriculum in their teaching subjects and teach it accordingly.

Owasanoye further said that focusing the NVC training on teachers was intentional as they were the transmitters of the message of the NVC.

He said that in furtherance to the training, the commission intended to conduct a survey on how the curriculum was been taught in schools.

“The survey will measure the impact of the NVC on the students,” he said.

He added that ICPC was working toward infusing the curriculum into courses of polytechnics and universities.

Earlier, Director Education in ICPC, Mr Mohammed Hashiru said that in line with Section 6(b-f) of the Corrupt Practices and Other Offences Act 2000, empowered the commission to prevent corruption through education.

“The ICPC decided to initiate the restoration and resuscitation of our positive national values of honesty, patriotism and love for one another that have been lost.

Hashiru who was represented by Mrs Azuka Ogugua said that the commission was committed to applying renewed strength to anti-corruption education.

“In anti-corruption education lies sustainable gains in the anti-corruption crusade, “he said.

Also speaking, Chairman FCT Universal Basic Education Board (UBEB), Mr Kabir Matazu, said that the curriculum was a national document that contained the aspiration of the nation on how it wishes the future leaders to be.

He was represented by Malam Abubakar Dansoho, a training officer in the board.

Matazu explained that the content of the national values curriculum was balanced in the sense that it had elements for developing character of students and also had elements for developing career.

“The curriculum has content on national values and those issues are actually suppose to help reduce or eliminate corruption.

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