The Minister of Science and Know-how, Dr. Ogbonnaya Onu, has stated plans are underway to make sure that major colleges within the nation educate arithmetic and science topics in indigenous languages.
The plan is supposed to encourage the appliance of science and expertise within the nation, Onu mentioned.
The minister said this whereas addressing pupils of Ekulu Main College in Enugu, the Enugu State capital.
Onu was on the college to current pc units and different science kits donated by the Ministry of Science and Expertise to the college.
Noting that Nigeria’s future relied on how successfully it utilized science and expertise, Onu mentioned the nation may sooner or later ship scientists into house.
The minister mentioned the Federal Authorities was anxious in regards to the low curiosity in arithmetic and the sciences in main and secondary faculties throughout the nation.
The issue might be addressed by “popularising” the topics, he mentioned.
Onu said, “The Ministry of Science and Expertise is anxious over the low curiosity in arithmetic and the science topics, so, we’re engaged on plans to show arithmetic and sciences in indigenous languages in main faculties.
“These pupils develop up with their indigenous languages at dwelling earlier than they begin going to highschool, the place they’re now taught in overseas languages. So, we now have noticed that there’s a problem to grasp the international languages first earlier than they might even begin understanding what they’re being taught.
“We imagine that this plan will assist our college students to grasp arithmetic and the science topics, and likewise promote the applying of science and know-how for nationwide improvement.”
He added that some international locations that have been making development in science and expertise, comparable to India, adopted the same technique by instructing arithmetic and the science topics in indigenous languages on the main faculty stage.
The minister, nevertheless, mentioned there was a have to first develop the vocabulary of the indigenous languages earlier than they might be used to show the themes successfully.
He mentioned the Ministry of Science and Expertise would collaborate with the Ministry of Training to develop the capability of the native languages to function efficient instruments for educating arithmetic and science topics.
He believed that Nigeria would stay an import-dependent nation if the residents didn’t embrace science and know-how.
He linked the socio-financial challenges within the nation to insufficient software of science and know-how.
The minister said, “No nation can develop into nice with out science and know-how. If Nigeria is to be nice, then, Nigerians should embrace science and expertise.
“You possibly can’t produce something with out science and know-how. We’re exporting our jobs by importing all the pieces we’d like, and that’s the reason our graduates are now not capable of get jobs after their research.
“For us to construct the nation of our desires, for us to make Nigeria a really nice nation, a nation that is ready to feed and home its residents, a nation with a steady forex, we should embrace science and know-how.
“It’s my responsibility because the minister of science and expertise to make Nigerians to know this.”
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