Why many students in Nigeria may not end up as scientists 2

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In a former post, i had ascertained the reason why many students in Nigeria may not end up as scientists. An ardent follower of my blog and fellow Science Educator hits the floor to contribute immensely on the  former post. So it’s all about Henrietta! Kindly drop your comments and pedagogical inputs.she really did justice to  the topic.

why many students in Nigeria may not end up as scientists

–by HENRIETTA AMAKA IFEWULU

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I promised to make some contributions to your article on why most science students in Nigeria do not become scientists. In addition to what you wrote;

Science and technology drives invention, industrialization and creativity, but Nigeria have not supported science or productivity, we are mainly a consumer nation, we use what other countries produce, we don’t produce our own.

That’s why an industrial chemistry student will graduate and not know where he/she fits in the labour market, we have very few companies, they cannot employ half of the science students that graduate yearly. They end up getting jobs in a bank or as a sales rep for an imported product. This makes them not to see the importance of the course they studied in school, because it has no impact on the economy.

most science students do not become scientist in Nigeria, because they do not see the importance in the society, and the country has not supported the cause adequately

Also we do not support research, what is a scientist without research? with duly conducted research we can try to come up with solutions for most of the problems in our society. This starts from school, most lecturers do not support research, they just teach theory, even when they give students term papers they do not read it to correct Students and direct them on what they should be researching on, students just copy and paste anything from the internet even irrelevant information.

What about masters and bachelors project? Lecturers allow students to Copy from past research works and even make money through it (sorting or appreciation fee as some call it). This kills the creativity in students, the teacher is supposed to steer the student towards innovation and thinking for himself but they don’t do all that.

We’ve lost most of our Nigerian intellectuals to foreign countries (brain drain) where science is really appreciated. A marketing graduate has better chance of getting a job in their field than a microbiology graduate in Nigeria. Some just end up in offices where they do nothing practical or as teachers without an education degree and continue the trend of stagnation in teaching.

 Check most graduates from engineering, microbiology, biochemistry, physics, biology, computer science, Animal Environmental Biology, Plant Science Biotechnology and so on. What kind of jobs do they get? The word “scientist” just ends in class. Only a few get to work in their field. If Nigeria establishes as many industries as we have churches and markets everywhere, we will really go far.

We need to invest fully in science and technology, we are way behind. We have the brains, we just need to redirect how we think about science, we need the motivation, the materials. So I feel most science students do not become scientist in Nigeria, because they do not see the importance in the society, and the country has not supported the cause adequately.

HENRIETTA AMAKA IFEWULU is an expert in the field of Science Education.  She can be reached via ifewuluhenrietta@yahoo.com

Contributions are welcomed  from fellow Science Teachers/Lecturers/Students and members of the public passionate about harnessing appropriate Skills and Competencies in learners.

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