By Oladipupo Mojeed
Primary and secondary schools in the country will soon start teaching mathematics and science subjects in indigenous languages.
The Minister of Science and Technology, Dr Ogbonnaya Onu made the disclosure at the inauguration of the inter-ministerial committee on teaching mathematics and science subjects in local languages in Abuja on Wednesday.
The inter-ministerial committee includes the ministries of Science and Technology and Education.
What the committee will do
According to him, the inter-ministerial committee would help to develop the capacity of the local languages to serve as effective tools for teaching mathematics and science subjects.
He also stated that the project will help Nigerian students understand mathematics and science subjects better and promote the application of science and technology for national development.
Speaking on government’s concern on the low interest in mathematics and the science subjects by students, Onu said various countries like India and China adopted a related strategy by teaching mathematics and the science subjects in their indigenous languages at the primary school level.
He added that those countries were making advancement in science and technology.
“For us to build the country of our dreams, for us to make Nigeria a truly great nation, a nation that is able to feed and house its citizens, a nation with a stable currency, we must embrace science and technology.
“Nigeria will remain dependent nation if the citizens did not embrace science and technology because no nation can become great without science and technology.
“If Nigeria is to be great then, Nigerians must embrace science and technology,” Onu said.
Inadequate application of science and technology
While lamenting that the socio-economic challenges being faced by the country, Onu said graduates are no longer able to get jobs after their studies because the nation imports everything it needs.
Earlier, the Minister of Education, Malam Adamu Adamu, said using the mother tongue to teach would certainly help and ensure a better understanding of the subjects.
Adamu, who was represented by Dr Useni Adamu, the director overseeing the office of the Permanent Secretary in the ministry, said the project would facilitate a major breakthrough in the areas of science and technology.