The Kaduna State Commissioner of Education, Dr. Shehu Makarfi says that about 12,000 students have written the senior secondary placement examination into the 14 science, technical and commercial schools and colleges in the state.
Speaking in an interview, he said the government was taking necessary steps to promote science and technical education by building more schools to improve access.
Following the increasing need for science and technology in addressing our developmental needs, there is the need to ensure that a larger percentage of our children study sciences.
We are doing all we can to improve access to quality science and technology education with a view to producing an innovative, creative and technology-oriented population that would address societal needs, he said.
According to the Commissioner, the placement examination by implication means that in the next three years, only 12,000 students will hopefully write science subjects in the Secondary School Certificate Examination being conducted by WAEC and NECO in the State.
It also means by extension that our Universities should be ready to absorb 12,000 students for different programmes in the area of science and technology, he added.
Makarfi also revealed that the State government, with support from the Islamic Development Bank, would soon complete six new science secondary schools as part of efforts to increase access.
He added that 13 secondary schools would also be converted into boarding schools with 70 percent enrolment in favor of sciences.
Source: Voice of Nigeria