Selected junior secondary schools across the country’s 36 states have received science kits to improve the quality of teaching and learning. The donation of 2,548 kits– which has been funded by the Federal Government through the Universal Basic Education Commission (UBEC) – will also attempt to align itself with the Government’s commitment to the attainment of the Education for All (EFA) and the country’s Millennium Development Goals (MDGs).
The supplies were handed over to the relevant parties at a ceremony in Lagos on Thursday 19th August. The Executive Secretary of the Commission, Dr. Ahmed Modibbo Mohammed said, ‘research reports indicate that a lot of students find science subjects difficult, vague and abstract. We believe this negative perception of science is essentially due to inadequate provision of science facilities and equipment in our schools, particularly at the foundation level. It is in view of this that the Federal Government decided to invest more in the provision of science kits to ameliorate the situation in our schools.’
The kits consist of basic equipment, charts models and other accessories. The cost of the scheme has been pegged at N711 million (US$ 4 million) but advocates argue that this is only one stage in fulfilling the government’s mandate of delivering high quality basic education for all. Other countries have also been encouraged to adopt similar educational provisions to improve and sustain their education standards.
The Minister of Education, Professor Ruqayyatu Rufa’I to Yaba highlighted the importance of the expansion of the scheme saying, ‘education is fundamental to all forms of development and that is why government is committed to its vigorous pursuit by providing the enabling environment and other necessary resources. The administration under the leadership of President Goodluck Jonathan believes in human capital development because this is the only avenue through which the nation can develop technologically, socially and economically.’