It has been announced by the FG that the teaching of science subjects and mathematics in indigenous languages in primary and secondary school across the country will soon begin.
This was made known by the Director-General of the National Centre for Technology Management, Prof. Okechukwu Ukwuoma, during a retreat organised for researchers in Akure, capital of Ondo State.
In his words;
“Last year, the Minister of Science and Technology and the Minister of Education inaugurated a committee to teach science and mathematics in indigenous languages. The major issue in that regard is the translation of terminologies to the languages for which we have consulted experts in different languages in the country.”
Okehukwu commended the FG for this move adding that several textbooks had already been translated to some Nigerian languages.
He also advised researchers to contribute toward the development of science and technology in the country. “All over the world everything about science and technology is always hard to sell because you need to convince people. Nigerians are good researchers, but they lack something. Many businessmen who are supposed ensure the commercialisation of research inventions prefer to buy fake ones outside the country and come back to make quick money,” he said.
He continued saying;
“Information is what people need. When people lack information, they find it very difficult to find a solution to some problems. So we need really to get some information about what is going on.”