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NAQAA retired director urges gov’t to adjust education curriculum

Dec 17, 2019, 1:47 PM | Article By: Yusupha Jobe

The retired director of National Accreditation and Quality Assurance Authority (NAQAA), Edrissa M.L. Colley has argued that the national education curriculum embeds technical trade areas in school curriculum to allow students to choose their prioritised professions at an early stage.

He made this statement in an interview with The Point over the weekend during a daylong career counseling guidance in Banjulinding, Kombo North District for over 30 youths. It was organised by Ding Ding Wiriya Federation of Child Fund The Gambia.

He argued that the inclusion of different technical and skill trade areas in the national education curriculum will greatly assist in allowing the young people and school graduates to make informed decisions of choosing their life time profession, while pointing out that the limitation to only few academic subjects in the school curriculums has created lot of challenges to many young graduates in career development.

He added that the idea of core subjects and non-core subjects in the school educational curriculum has hugely hampered a lot of progress that should have been made in the technical areas of the country toward national development as many school graduates were only introduced and made to believe in white-collar professional jobs, while leaving the economic technical skill trade area dormant.

“What we should do as a nation is to prepare our high school graduates in order to wisely choose their prioritised skill areas and allow them with employment chances is to improve on our National education curriculum by including various technical subjects. If students are given chance to learn various technical skill areas as subjects in their 8 or 9 grades can give them the clear view of what career they will chose after their graduation as not all can be successful in terms academic performance,” he said.