Prioritise computer teaching in schools ― Experts

The Federal and state governments have been urged to leverage computer science education as part of efforts to improve teaching and learning experiences in public secondary schools.

Education expert, Hafiz Bakare warned that education in Nigeria may not meet global teaching standards unless it is complemented with adequate and required scientific and technological innovations.

Bakare who is Administrative Manager at Young Elites Educational and Training Services (YEETS) asked stakeholders in the education sector to make computer science education a priority.

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He said this at a media briefing in Abeokuta, the Ogun State capital, to herald a Professional Development (PD) Programme in computer science taking place at the Tai Solarin University of Education, Ijebu Ode.

Bakare said the PD Programme which has the backing of Google, forms part of its mandate to support Nigeria’s development through educational development.

The PD programme, according to Bakare, will address five core concepts in computer science including algorithm and programming; data and analysis; computation problems and artefacts; computer interaction and recursion; computer simulation and decomposition.

“We believe that the PD Programme will provide a platform for pre-service teachers, school administrators, policymakers,  government and educational professionals to revitalise their interest in teaching computer science at the secondary education level in Nigeria.

“Improving the quality of computer science education will increase the computer science knowledge of the average Nigerian and increase the number of people equipped to educate others on Computer Science.

“Improving the teaching-learning experiences in public secondary schools by leveraging computer science education is a priority.

“Young Elites Educational and Training Services intends to improve the standard of computer science education in Nigeria and Africa at large to meet up with global standards in this field,” Bakare added.

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