Evolution of Functional Basic and Senior Secondary Education Curriculum in Nigeria: Implications for Effective Implementation

Omosewo, O. Esther, Akanmu, M. Alex


The development of curriculum is a deliberate and direct effort within a given programme framework for strengthening synergy and relevant services for ensuring the acquisition of knowledge needed for the improvement of human’s surrounding. One major instrument  to drive the MDG vision statement and NEEDS is a functional curriculum which guarantees and brings about poverty eradication, wealth/job creation, knowledge and innovations in the formal and non-formal systems. A strategic curriculum renewal is one of the educational reforms that have been witnessed by the education sector in Nigeria. In this paper, the evolution, philosophies, goals, challenges and implications of the Basic and Senior Secondary Education Curriculum Implementation were highlighted, the “New” Basic Education, Senior Secondary Education and Trade/Entrepreneurship Education Curricula  were the focus of this paper in an attempt to familiarize ourselves with these documents and suggest ways the curriculum can be effectively implemented.

Keywords: Curriculum, Evolution, Implementation, Functional

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