The Federal Government has launched a new national policy on Science and Technology Education to enhance the teaching and learning of science and technology education in schools.
At the unveiling of the new policy document in Abuja, The Minister of Education Mallam Adamu Adamu said the development was part of Federal Government’s desire for youths to be rightly skilled for global competitiveness
Mallam Adamu explained that prior to the independence of Nigeria when the nation incorporated science into its education curricula, the country has been without a national policy to specifically direct and propel science and technical education.
He said given the critical importance of science and the acquisition of technical and vocational skills as tools for driving national growth and development, the absence of a roadmap for science and technical education has slowed down the pace of Nigeria quest for technological achievement.
He expressed happiness that the anomaly is being addressed with the approval granted by the National Conucil of Education (NCE) for a National Policy on scince and Technology Education stressing that the development is significant as it underscores the passion and determination of the present administration to address the challenges facing the delivery of quality science and technical education in Nigeria.
Mallam Adamu represented by the Minister of State for Education Mr Chukwuemaka Nwajiuba urged stakeholders in the Science and Technology sub-sector to adhere to the policy and the implementation guidelines to ensure that the desired goal is achieved.
The Permanent Secretary, Federal Ministry of Education, Mr Sonny Echono explained that the new policy is multi-sectoral and has a holistic approach to leadership and life skills training for pupils, students, teachers and youths in and out of school.
The Federal Government’s utmost desire is for our youths to be rightly skilled for global competitiveness, self-reliance, entreneurship, job creators and not job seekers. It is my strong belief that the implementation of this policy will address these issues. Echono said
According to the Permanent Secretary, the policy defines the scope of technology education in Nigeria and also set out the expected results/outcome of Nigeria’s technology education endeavours