THE Principal, Loiuseville Girls Secondary School, Abuja, Revd. Sr. Veronica Orunmoluyi, has appealed to the Federal Government to create jobs and a good working environment for science-oriented graduates in the country.
Orunmoluyi made the appeal in Abuja on Thursday at the 2021 Inter-house Science Competition of the school.
She said that doing this would allow graduates to remain focused and use the knowledge acquired in the course of studies to develop the country rather than looking for greener pastures in foreign countries.
The competition which featured a debate on trending topics, quiz and 60 seconds of fame, attracted awards of excellence in science from the school and sponsors.
According to her, the competition has afforded the opportunity to develop the girls academically but if the government can provide jobs for them with a good package, they will stay here to develop the country.
“ The competition is to develop the children academically. We actually started in 2015 and it was just among the girls either in inter-house or inter-class.
“But as time went on, we started it with schools but with this COVID-19, we went back to the way we used to do it just to have it among the girls and it is really bringing a lot of talents out.
“We realise that we need to develop them more to be able to go out and make positive change.
“With more girls coming up in the field of science that means there is a better hope for Nigeria because women are major and so gifted because we are able to multitask, we are gentle and calm.
“When women come into science, that means there is a better hope for the country to move from the theoretical approach to the real application in terms of research and developing instead of depending on other countries to bringing things that we can make.
“My advice to the government is that they should please pump more money into education, research and also make job available for the young ones.’’
Also, Sr. Francisca Akinbinu, language teacher for the school called on the government to identify talented students in the fields of sciences and offer them scholarships opportunity so as to encourage others to key into science fields.
“There should be more encouragement in the offering of scholarships for girl-child that has done very well in sciences.
“This is so that that it will serve as an encouragement to other girls.
“I also think that the government can promote science in girls’ schools by going to the schools and identifying those doing well, this is because encouragement can push them to want to do more,” she said.
Similarly, Mrs Ifeoma Ukeachu, also a teacher said that science was an important part of national development, hence the need for special attention on science scholarship.
“Science cannot move on without research, we need the government to come in by creating more research centres.
“Research has to be carried out for actual practical so government should come in by creating research centers at different strategic areas where we can easily access and carry out research anyway in the country,” she said.
Also, Mr Joseph John, a biology teacher in the school said that there was a need to give special attention to science subjects in all schools as a way of developing potentiality in the students.
John said that the study of science helped countries of the world found lasting solutions to problems confronting their economy.
He, therefore, called on the government at all levels to take education especially, science education seriously saying that this can translate to a better economy of sciences were given prominent.
He called on the students not to rest on their oars saying that the learning of sciences acquired would translate into other skills that would be of benefit to them.
Feb. 25, 2021 @ 18:45 GMT