Deans and Heads of various departments across the University of Lagos gathered at the Senate Chamber on Wednesday, February 1, 2023 for a one-day workshop on the newly introduced National Universities Commission’s (NUC) Core Curriculum and Minimum Academic Standards (CCMAS).
The Director, Academic Planning Unit, Professor Mopelola Olusakin in her opening remarks at the Workshop posited that the (CCMAS) is a document that further reaffirms the government’s commitment to strengthening institutional structures. According to her, the aim is to establish new innovative approaches that would be good enough to develop work-ready and entrepreneurial students.
In the course of the workshop, audio-visual materials tagged ‘Guide to the Development of 30% Addition to CCMAS’ and ‘Guide to Submission of ALL 30% Addition to CCMAS’ were used to provide information of the new development.
The video featured the former Executive Secretary of the NUC, Professor Peter Okebukola who reiterated that the new curriculum addressed the knowledge and skills gap in the existing curriculum. He explained that the CCMAS provided 70 percent of the core curriculum as a minimum for all Nigerian universities and allowed them to customize the curriculum by adding 30 percent of courses to reflect their uniqueness, missions, and peculiarities.
During the questions and answers session, Professor Olusoji Mathew Ilori of the Department of Microbiology as well as Dr. Olusoji Adewunmi provided insights on CCMAS noting that the 30% for other innovative courses are good enough model to improve the universities standard.
The National Universities Commission had in December 2022 launched the new Curriculum and Minimum Academic Standards (CCMAS) after it concluded the review of the former Benchmark Minimum Academic Standards (BMAS).