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.