The federal government has announced plans to review and enhance the curriculum for basic schools in the country to develop the creative skills of children and prepare them for future innovation.

Minister of Education, Tahir Mamman said this today at the 29th Nigeria Economic Summit, stating that the current numeracy and literacy skills taught in basic schools are inadequate to prepare Nigerian children for present-day realities.

Mamman said teaching soft skills such as critical thinking and practical skills at the basic level to improve the quality of learning and nurture children’s capabilities to think critically will have a massive effect on National development.

The Minister also revealed that his administration’s focus will be on basic education, which has been neglected in the past, developing policies to increase enrolment in basic schools, which are currently free but have low attendance and a high number of out-of-school children.

Mamman also highlighted the shortage of teachers and classrooms in the country, stating that there is a gap of 950,000 teachers and 20,000 classrooms which he said the government will fix in no time.