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They complained that some of the topics are in separate books while others are sourced from the internet.
Principal of  Binta Inter-national High School, Ejigbo, Mr Razak Ugwi, said that some of the topics in the newly introduced subjects were not covered in the recommended text books.
“Some of the newly intro-duced subjects such as Civic Education, Insurance, Computer Studies and Information and Communications Technology (ICT) are not in recommended text books.
“We have yet to get a text book that contains all the topics in the new subjects,’’ he said, adding that teachers had resorted to sourcing materials from the internet.
Ugwi noted that the new subjects in the curriculum were introduced without providing teachers the needed materials, making implementation difficult.
The proprietor, Prevailer Schools, Ijegun, Mr Austeen Agali, said the unavailability of adequate text books has forced teachers to carry out extensive research on the internet.
“The challenge has somehow made teachers to do academic research from books and the internet,’’ he said.
A teacher, Mrs Juliet Tedheke, also said some topics in Mathematics in Senior Secondary School class two (SSS2) were not covered in the text book recommended for the students.
“The SSS2 only has three of the topics in the recommended text book while the remaining ones can only be found in advanced mathematics books,’’ Tedheke said.
A Civics Education teacher, Gerald Emejom, said some graduates were trying to fill the vacuum created by the introduction of new subjects by putting some topics together into books.
“The Civics Education topics were gathered and put into print by some graduates who took advantage of the newly introduced topics, but it is not available for all the classes yet,’’ he said.
A parent, Mrs Lizzy Omojuwa-Oboh, who has two children in secondary school, complained that they tried to make her to buy several books as all the topics are not available in one book.
“I have bought so many books for my two girls in trying to meet up with their academic demands, yet the topics are not covered,”  she said.
However, the proprietor, Holy Family Schools, Ikotun, Mr Patrick Amaechi, said the new curriculum had an edge over the former one.
“Though some of the topics are not found in single text books, the idea is bringing about a unified progression from the primary to the secondary school,’’ he said.
It will be recalled that a new curriculum for senior secondary school was introduced in September 2011 and implementation started in the 2012/2013 session.
 Apart from English and Mathematics, one trade or entrepreneurship subject, Computer Studies/ICT and Civic Education are compulsory in the curriculum.
The new elective subjects introduced in the curriculum include Physics Education, Health Education, Store Management, Office practice, Dyeing and Bleaching, Textile trade, Clothing and Textile, Keyboarding, Upholstery and Plumbing as well as Pipe fitting. (NAN)

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