The Director-General, National Teachers Institute (NTI), Prof. Garba Dahuwa Azare, has called for strengthening of science and mathematics education “for Nigeria to achieve the desired economic and technological development.”
Addressing the Strengthening Mathematics and Science Education (SMASE) Cycle 3, 6th Cohort/Cycle 1 INSET Capacity Building Workshop for Teachers from the FCT, Anambra and Lagos states at the weekend, Azare said most developed nations across the world focused on science subjects to develop their human resources, adding that “no nation can develop without developing its teachers.”
“We can’t get there without science and mathematics teachers and if we want a better Nigeria, if we want our children to be compared to those in developed world we must focus on science and mathematics education,” he said.
Represented by the Director Academic Services, Prince Olude Ademola the NTI DG noted that Nigeria needs creative and innovative teachers to achieve technological breakthrough, adding that no matter the equipment or materials available in schools nothing will change.
Speaking in the same vein, the National Coordinator, SMASE Project at the Federal Ministry of Education, Dr. Chimezie Aguiyi, said science and mathematics education “is very important because it is also a key to economic development of any country.”
The Director of the SMASE Centre, Dr Hafsat Lawal Kwantagora, commended Lagos state for participating in the teachers training for the first time, while assuring them that teaching and learning “will never be the same again after the training because there would be changes in their mode of teaching.”