The House of Representatives has expressed concern over books recommended by the National Examination Council, NECO and the Joint Admission and Matriculation Board, JAMB, saying that they fall short of ethical values and standards stipulated by the National Policy on Education.
This is even as it is worried that the regular use of obscene language in the description of events and characters in the books make them unsuitable for use in schools as they are capable of eroding the right type of values, attitude and national ideals that the country needs to develop.
To that effect, it urged the federal government to sanction the staff of the Nigerian Educational Research and Development Council, the Federal Ministry of Education, JAMB and NECO who were responsible for the recommendation and circulation of inappropriate books in order to forestall such actions in future.
The resolution follows the adoption of a motion on the need for a critical assessment of books recommended for Junior Secondary Schools and prospective Unified Tertiary Matriculation Examination, UTME candidates in Nigeria moved by Hon. Mohammed A. Mahmud, yesterday.
Leading the debate on the motion, Mahmud noted that education is the key vehicle for the advancement of human potentials, opportunities and molding of desirable values and attitudes in order to promote patriotism, hardwork and integrity.
He also noted that one of the key issues of national importance emphasized in the National policy on education is the inculcation of the right types of values and attitude for the survival of the individual and the Nigerian society.
The lawmaker expressed concern that books such as “The Precious Child”, “The Tears of a Bride” and Dependence” expose young students to behaviors and practices that promote social vices and corrupt moral values adding that use of such books resulted, essentially from the failure of the NERDC, JAMB, NECO as well as the federal ministry of education to perform their statutory functions
The house also urged the ministry and educational bodies to immediately withdraw the books from their curriculum even as it called on the ministry to carry out a comprehensive review of existing books recommended for use in secondary schools with a view to determining whether their contents adhere to stipulated standards.
It further mandated its Committee On Basic Education to invite the registrars of JAMB and NECO, the executive secretary of NERDC as well as the minister of education to explain the rationale behind the recommended books and report back within 12 weeks.