Nigerian Olympiad competitors call for revamping of state public schools

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Nigerian students participating at the 2015 Pan-African Science Olympiad in Abuja, have called for the revamping of state public schools to create an enabling environment for improved learning.

A cross section of students spoke with the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) on Thursday at the ongoing Pan-African Science Olympiad, Abuja.

They also said that the Olympiad was an opportunity to rub minds with their counterparts from other countries advanced in learning and infrastructure.

One of the participants, Miss Amarachi Chigbundu, selected from Dority International Secondary School, Abia, said that improved school infrastructure and better learning environment were critical in public schools.

“State schools need a lot of support, good training, advanced infrastructure and cool learning environment.

“Sciences are tasking but with improved technologies, the way we see other countries use it in their own schools, Nigerian students will excel greatly,’’ she said.

Similarly, Mr Donald Godwin, selected from International Model Science Academy, Abuja, said that state governments needed to motivate teachers to impact knowledge in students.

“We need good teachers capable of handling advanced learning of science subjects because it always seems that our teachers are not happy with their jobs. They are always complaining of teachers’ welfare,’’ he said.

Gabriel Mudi, another competitor from the School for the Gifted, FCT, said that during competitions, students were commonly faced with advanced studies not taught in regular schools, therefore, well trained teachers were needed at all levels.

Some other students also called for fun ways of learning as introduced by the foreign instructors during training for the completion.
NAN reports that a week-long training was held for participants of the Pan-African Science Olympiad at the Turkish Nile University, Abuja.

Nigeria, Benin, Burkina Faso, Cameroon, Ghana, Mali, Niger, South Africa, Tanzania and Tunisia are the 10 African countries competing for different science awards.

The awards will be given to winners of the competition, who will further compete and represent their countries and the African continent at other international events.

The Pan-African Science Olympiad brings together talented secondary school students across Africa trained to compete for different awards and to further represent the country at top international events.

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