UK to widen STEM scope in Ondo’s schools
By Bukola Olamona
The Northumbria University delegation from the United Kingdom has promised to expand the scope of Science and Technology in Ondo State’s schools.
The leader of the delegation, Dr Opeyemi Ajayi said the team was in the state under the platform of Innovation and Partnership, adding that their focus is to partner the state government in order to widen the scope and aspiration of pupils, students, teachers and families to embrace STEM.
Also, a member of the delegation, Mr Joe Shimwell said the Northumbria University, United Kingdom will continue to collaborate with the state government to encourage young children and their teachers to develop keen interest in Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics education in the state.
The State reiterated its commitment to continue to partner relevant national and international stakeholders in its bid to advance the frontiers of Science Education in the state.
The State Commissioner for Education, Science and Technology, Mr Femi Agagu stated this while receiving delegates from the Northumbria University in the United Kingdom in his office.
The Commissioner informed the delegates that the present administration under the leadership of Governor Oluwarotimi Akeredolu has made Education, Science and Technology a top priority in his vision for the rapid social-economic development of the state.
Agagu said that the bifurcation of the Ministry of Education into Education, Science and Technology by the present administration on assumption of office has led the ministry to guided inquiry in Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) education in order to promote creative minds, while also making it easier for pupils, students and teachers to update their knowledge for national and global competitiveness.
He enjoined the delegates to create opportunity for capacity building which will afford experts from different fields and other relevant stakeholders to share ideas and come up with strategies for the development of Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) in the state.
In his welcome address, the Permanent Secretary, Rev Akin Asaniyan thanked the delegates for the visit and sought better synergy with the ministry in years ahead for the development of STEM in the state.