A lecturer at the Federal Polytechnic, Nekede, Owerri in Imo State, Dr. Samuel Okore, has called on the policy makers in the education sector, especially the Federal Ministry of Education, to review the science education curriculum in Nigerian schools. According to Okorie, a Digital Chemist with specialisation in Molecular Graphics, this call has become imperative in order to ensure that all science programmes in the nation’s tertiary institutions and secondary schools are backed with Information Communication Technology (ICT) programme to safeguard the growth of science in the country.
Apart from this, Okore, a graduate of the University of Port-Harcourt (UNIPORT) further argued that it was imperative for most of the institutions in the country to establish ICT learning centres, saying that those interested should hook up to “our website and enroll their students on the virtual laboratory sector, as well as join our ICT lessons on how to conduct Chemistry practical online.”
The scholar, who spoke to newsmen in Owerri, while showcasing the Virtual laboratory, which he developed, however, noted that Chemistry teachers should be upgraded or trained periodically to keep them abreast of the latest developments in ICT sector across the globe.
“This new innovative programme, designed by me, is to assist students on how they can conduct Practical Chemistry directly from the internet and it is divided into three main features,” Okorie further explained, saying “there is analytical laboratory, there is no waste of chemicals or fake materials, it saves money and protects students from all sorts of risks and hazards while taking care of fake and adulterated chemicals.”
Okorie, who is a member of the Computer Registration Council of Nigeria, Computer Society of Nigeria and the Chemical Society of Nigeria, listed chemists and students of Chemistry as the end users of the new innovation. He added: “We have a learning management system with certain features which enable us to offload and to put some programmes on the internet.
In the logo class we communicate, interact and discuss with our students because we have done a lot of work to ease off your stress in learning Chemistry as the students now see Chemistry, which is described as a central science and queen of science, as a friend and something they can play with. “We should look at Chemistry as a good subject, create a programme and use virtual chemistry platform, which I have developed. It will cut down the cost of chemistry practical by 85 per cent.”
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