National Policy on Education Education in Nigeria is an instrument “par excellence” for effecting national development. It has witnessed active participation by non-governmental government intervention. It is therefore desirable for the nation to spell out in clear and unequivocal terms the philosophy and objectives that underlie its investment in education. The National Policy on Education seeks to fulfill that role.
Government has stated that for the benefit of all citizens, the country’s educational goals shall be clearly set out in terms of their relevance to the needs of the individual and those of the society in consonance with the realities of our environment and the modern world.

After the National Curriculum Conference, a seminar of experts drawn from a wide range of interest groups within Nigeria was convened in 1973. The seminar, which included voluntary agencies and external bodies, deliberated on what a national policy on education for an independent and sovereign Nigeria should be.
The outcome of the seminal was a draft document which; after due comments were received from the states and other interest groups, led to the final document, the National Policy on Education, first published in 1977.
Since the publication of the first edition in 1977, the 2nd and 3rd editions were published in 1981 and 1998 respectively in keeping with the dynamics of social change and the demands on education. This 4th edition was necessitated by some policy innovations and changes, and the need to update the 3rd edition (1998) accordingly.
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