The programme held in Ibadan in collaboration with the Chairman, House of Representatives Committee on Science Research Institutes, Mr Musiliudeen Akinremi, was aimed at revamping Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) education.
The Director-General, NISLT, Mr Yemi Gbadegesin, said that the institute would continue to provide practical demonstration in all science subjects using modern facilities and human resources.
According to him, the institute has identified the dearth of science laboratories across the state which should be handled vigorously with the provision of modern facilities.
“We understand the importance of Science, Technology and Innovation in our daily lives and the ways in which they are transforming the world.
“I encourage the participants of this workshop to listen and ask questions during practical exercises.
I am confident that they will gain new ideas, fresh energy and novel technologies in dealing with areas in STEM practicals, ” he said.
Akinremi said that the initiative was aimed at increasing the knowledge of STEM teachers in his constituency, Ibadan North Federal Constituency and empower them with modern laboratory facilities.
He said that 30 teachers were selected from different schools in the constituency for the first phase of the knowledge acquisition programme.
He urged the beneficiaries to maintain the laboratory kits because there were also plans to extend the gesture to other schools within the constituency.
The Director, Applied Science and Technology, Ministry of Education, Mrs Olanike Oladeji, said that the workshop would create a break-away from problems associated with the teaching and learning of science subjects.
She said that the initiative was in line with the tripod agenda of Gov. Seyi Makinde-led administration on Restructuring, Positioning and Transforming every sector, including science and technology.
She urged the teachers not to rely on the outdated method of teaching but use the knowledge gained in the workshop to improve on the teaching of STEM curriculum for better output in students’ performance during examination.
Mr Abraham Ojetunde, the President, All Nigerian Confederation of Principals of Secondary Schools (ANCOPPS), said that the workshop would expose and positively affect the attitude, skills and ways of disseminating information to the students in the laboratory.
Ojetunde said that the kits distributed to the schools were portable, describing them as the laboratory on the move that would gear up the functionality of the school laboratories in the state.
One of the beneficiaries, Mrs Omogoye Lanre, a Chemistry teacher at the Abadina Grammar School, Ibadan, said that the kits would make her job easier because subjects like Chemistry could not be taught theoretically.
Lanre said that science-related subjects started from identification of apparatus for better teaching, hence the kits would help to demonstrate to students in the laboratory.
The News Agency of Nigeria reports that the workshop featured technical sessions, hands on skill acquisition on the practical use of micro science kits and its distribution to selected beneficiary schools.