The federal government has developed a National Policy on Science and Technology Education and its Implementation Guidelines to outline how science and technology would be taught and assessed in schools.
The Permanent Secretary, Federal Ministry of Education, Sonny Echono, at the inauguration in Abuja, yesterday, said the day marks a significant milestone in the quest to reposition education in Nigeria, scientifically and technologically.
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“You are all aware that our world is being transformed by science and technology which provides the opportunity for our youths to bring about innovations. This is a welcome development as Nigeria is part of the globe and cannot afford to take the back seat in the comity of nations,” he said.
He said the theme of the workshop, ‘Uniting for a Skilled Nigeria through the implementation of the Science and Technology Education Policy’ is apt as it calls for synergy between all stakeholders in the implementation of the policy.
“It also highlights the pre-service and in-service training of teachers of science and technology, teacher demand and supply, provision of science infrastructures such as laboratories, workshops, equipment, textbooks and other resources in educational institutions,” he said.
While noting that embedded in the policy are plans and strategies for technology and vocational enterprise, he said it will crystallize into efficient business and industrial environments that would enhance the creativity of all the pre-service and in-service training of teachers of science and technology.
Echono also noted that the ongoing efforts at establishing skills acquisition centres across the country will largely be driven by science, technology and innovation, hoping it takes off this year.