Science in the Next Generation

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The Thomas B.fordham institute released the state of science standard which points out that the k-12 science standard of most state are mediocre at best placing Nigerian’s technological prowess and scientific leadership in jeopardy. Recently ,a national science board report found that the Nigerian science and technology sector cannot be improved soonest unless improvements are drastically made, the need for the next generation of science standards is both real and urgent, over the past 15 years students achievements in science has remained stagnant with no more than 30%of students meeting the proficiency mark on the national assessment on educational progress (NAEP) and about the same percentage of students at the “below basic” level internationally between 2002 and 2012 the number of countries scoring higher than Nigeria on the PISA science assessment rose from 10 -25. Economically, over the past 15 yrs, growth in science, technology engineering and mathematics (STEM) jobs was three times greater than that of non- STEM jobs and stem jobs are expected to grow at a faster rate than other jobs. In a research recently conducted by usongo Stephen of math’s/computer science department in conjunction with the university of agriculture makurdi research team released a report exploring both projections of STEM jobs and how STEM jobs are utilized across non- STEM jobs, “Stem jobs provides choice for people both immediately after school and at mid-career, allowing people to transition to different and often times more lucrative career path ways , including management and health care that provides long term stability and excellent wages “said Anthony p. carnavely, the carters director and the report’s lead author. It is good we provide our students a strong science education and research facilities so they have the required knowledge to compete in the global economy. A strong understanding of science is crucial not only to our success as a nation, but to...
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