The nation’s educational system had gone through many changes. In the late 70s and 80s, it was the 6-5-4 system that was in place. This system represented six years in the primary school, five years in the secondary school and four years in the tertiary institution.
Again, a shift in policy later came up, and it gave birth to Higher School Certificate, popularly known as HSC, which gave another two-year stop gap of learning to pupils after secondary school, before they proceeded to the university.
Later, several shifts in policy thrusts on education had emerged. Nigeria has had 6-3-3-4, and 9-3-4 systems of education.
The 6-3-3-4 indicated six years in the primary school, three years each in junior and senior secondary schools ; and four years in the higher institution.
The 6-3-3-4 was modified in 2009, which led to the present 9-3-4 system of education. This was done with the view to including the components of basic, technical and vocational inputs into the curriculum, as pupils were expected to complete the first nine years before proceeding on a career path in the next three years of secondary education.
These changes, as far as government is concerned, are all for giving Nigerian pupils and students qualitative and pragmatic education. But whether that has been achieved or not is a story for another day.
The nation’s education policy of 9-3-4 has since been replaced by another one to a 1-6-3-3-4 education structure.
But Nigerians have blamed the stunted growth in the education sector on inconsistent policies of Government in the country.They have also taken to the social media to make their contributions on the new education policy.
A visit to the nairaland.com, one KX querries, “Is the 1-6- 3- 3- 4 going to turn the flooded classrooms to model classrooms? Is it going to provide textbooks and reading materials to the pupils and students? Is it going to pay the N18,000 minimum wage to the teachers? Is the revised 6-3-3-4 system what the educational sector needs more than the enabling environment for teaching and learning?”