Teaching Science in the Basic Education Levels in Nigeria: Challenges and Way Forward


ABSTRACT This paper thus looked into the teaching science in the basic education levels in Nigeria: challenges and way forward. Government and other stakeholders should endeavor to improve the system in order to assist, improve and support science teaching for national development. The challenges noticed include poor funding, lack of appropriate and adequate teaching materials, lack of qualified & sufficient teachers, poor attitude of pupils/students to science. Some recommendations were made which includes: taxable adults to contribute financially to funding education, pupils should be encouraged to do science at the higher levels (though compulsory at these levels but to have more pupils in science in future) but primary and junior secondary schools to be made accessible to pupils in villages and hamlets, government should employ qualified teachers to these remote areas with special salaries and other incentives. KEY WORDS: Basic, Education, Science, Improvement, Teaching

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Dahunsi Taiwo Olayinka, Federal Capital Territory College of Education, Nigeria
Oyedeji Funmilayo Nike, Federal Capital Territory College of Education, Nigeria

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Conference: ACSET2014
Stream: Education

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