The federal government says it is working towards establishing six new Universities of Science and Technology to expand access to tertiary education. This was disclosed yesterday in Abuja by the Minister of Education Mallam Adamu Adamu, during a forum at the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN).
He noted that each of the new universities will be located in all the six geo-political zones of the country, adding that there will be a technical school in each state of the Federation and vocational centres at the wards and local government levels.
“This government has already decided to even add more; it is going to establish six new universities of science and technology. And, at the lower level, there will be a technical school in each state of the Federation and then vocational centres at the wards and local government levels.”
He said the essence of the new universities is to solve the problem of access and create more space for those who want to get into tertiary institutions.
“You know, we have a problem of access; if you look at it last year, one million people sat for the universities but, only 150,000 were admitted. So, we still need to build more universities to create more space for those who want to get in.”
Explaining why the government has chosen universities of Science and Technology, the minister said:
“And the fact that the new universities are science and technology based underscores the decision by the government to lay more emphasis on science.”
He also said steps are on to restore the teaching of history in primary and secondary schools’ curriculum.
“Whoever doesn’t know his history is worse than dead. So, this government is going to bring back history. It would even be better if we study local history first; you have to know who you are before you can be anything in this world
“I believe this government is going to return history back to the curriculum.”