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Science, Technology should be in Curriculum

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By Abiodun Okunloye

Education is not meant to be a static field but must go with the flow of trends.

Several scholars have urged the government to re-examine the nation’s educational system, with a focus on the inclusion of science and technology. The demand was made over the weekend in Abuja, Nigeria, on the sidelines of the 2023 Annual Teachers’ Conference, with the theme “From the classroom to the world: Redefining teaching for the 21st century.” They said education is not meant to be a static field; rather, it is an ever-evolving operation that must go with the flow of trends. They lamented the faulty adoption of the Science and Technology Curriculum in Nigeria.

Joseph Kolawole Ajuwon, the co-founder of Afrelib Academy in Abuja, stated that children have very little chance of reaching their potential without competent and motivated teachers. In addition to suggesting a review of the syllabus for teachers’ education with a specific emphasis on technology, Ajuwon noted that the student’s potential is essential. He emphasised that it is necessary for teachers to be both enthusiastic and qualified in order to assist students in reaching their full capabilities.

Teachers and students need to be encouraged to be productive.

He highlighted how vital it is for governments to back teachers and give them the tools they need to remain inspired in their work. He explained that teachers were selected to participate in the programme because they had the most direct interaction with students. According to him, many discussions are taking place regarding children being the future and leaders of tomorrow, and this is all founded on the idea that it is important to provide them with all of the education they require to know to survive in the future.

Without the teachers, none of that would be possible, regardless of the number of programmes that are run during each session. Teachers are the driving force behind all of the education that takes place in the classroom. Instructors have a significant amount of influence over these students. The purpose of this meeting is for them to concentrate on the teachers themselves, specifically on how they may bring them to a position where they are no longer demoralised, disillusioned, dissatisfied, or disheartened about the vocation they have chosen.

The educational system in a county determines its level of success.

Joyce Gomina, the academy’s head of operations and programme, said that the conference was planned to encourage teachers to have a constructive effect on their students and the development of the country through the delivery of high-quality education. According to Gomina, a country’s educational system determines its level of success. She explained that they wanted to encourage the students to do their best so that they could grow up to be productive members of society, having learned valuable life skills from teachers who care deeply about having a positive, lasting impact on the young minds in their care.

Speaking further at the event, Dr. Emmanuel Aina, who is an educational administrator, gave the keynote address as a form of recommendation and advocated for an additional examination of the curriculum already in place for the preparation of teachers, with a focus on the incorporation of technological elements. Aina underlined the importance of providing teachers with competitive pay and benefits so as not to keep the sector static and also be able to entice the most qualified persons to enter the teaching profession.

Implementation of maritime studies in schools will also help the country.

In a separate report by AskNigeria, Stakeholders in the marine sector during a three-day creative writing boot camp held by the Maritime Writes Project (MWP) also urged the Federal Government to incorporate maritime studies into the curriculum of primary and secondary schools across the country. Ezinna Azunna, the MWP project coordinator, remarked that this move would facilitate the country’s development into a marine hub in Africa. She believed that if Nigeria wanted to become a significant maritime nation, it was essential to incorporate the sector’s heritage and literature into the system.

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