Tuesday 28th March, 2017
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Science education, window of opportunity for graduates - Prof Jatau

Science education, window of opportunity for graduates - Prof Jatau

The Dean, Faculty of Nat­ural and Applied Sci­ences of Nasarawa State University, Keffi, Prof Benson Shadrach Jatau, has called on governments at all levels to re­double efforts in promoting science education in order to effectively tackle graduates’ un­employment problem.
The dean, who made this call in a chat with The AUTHORI­TY in his office at the univer­sity campus, said the teaching of pure science subjects should be mandatory from primary to tertiary level of education as sci­ence is the bedrock of develop­ment and employment gener­ation.
Jatau warned that if there is decline in sciences, agricultural production, mining and other important sectors will be lack­ing, which will lead to holis­tic suffering.
“It means we are going to have a holistic suffering in terms of putting agriculture in the right place,” he said.
He decried the situation where many schools offer sci­ences without equipment and laboratories for practical, add­ing that the trend has discour­ages students from embracing science-related courses at the tertiary level.
“Most of the schools today have no single laboratory to teach sciences and to the ex­tent students are discourage and they divert to other areas,” he said, just as he called on government to institute schol­arship schemes on science to attract more interest from stu­dents.
The dean expressed satisfac­tion on the decision by Joint Admission and Matriculation Board (JAMB) on giving pri­ority to science-related pro­grammes on admission issues.
 

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