The West African Examinations Council (WAEC) says teaching to stimulate thinking among students, rather than merely recalling could be the tonic needed to take the country to the next level.
The Council’s Head, Public Affairs, Damianus Ojijeogu, disclosed this in an interview with the News Agency of Nigeria on Thursday in Lagos.
Ojijeogu was speaking against the backdrop of lessons learnt from the just concluded 36th Annual Conference of the Association for Educational Assessment in Africa.
NAN reports that the conference, with the theme: “Reforming Educational Assessment: A Renewed Agenda,” was held in Maseru in Lesotho from August 6 to 10.
According to Ojijeogu, research has shown that emphasis has always been placed on the “teaching to recall” mode for students in schools across the various levels of education.
He said for countries to meet the demands of the 21st century, there must be a paradigm shift in teaching and learning method.
He said: “This is one of the major lessons learnt from the conference, which was attended by 325 delegates from 27 countries across the globe, with 82 papers presented.
“One of the major issues discussed was seeking ways of encouraging thinking and creativity among students in the course of teaching and learning.
“It is discovered that it is time to wake up to this call by seeking another dimension to profitable learning other than just teaching students to recall.
“This new method that will inspire creativity and thinking in the process of teaching and learning could well be the much-desired quest to accelerate technological advancement among nations.”
Ojijeogu said there was the need for Nigeria to look beyond the craze for certification by encouraging creativity among students as well as vocational education.
He said: “Acquiring skills is the way to go now.”