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Oyo collaborates with Japan on teachers' training, teaching of Science

By The Citizen

The Oyo State Government has expressed its readiness to collaborate with Japan to improve the teaching of some subjects in its schools across the state.

The state Governor, Senator Abiola Ajimobi, who disclosed this on Thursday while receiving the Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA) who paid him a courtesy call in his office, identified the subject as English Language, Mathematics as well as Science and Technology.

He said that the collaboration would also include the training of teachers, provision of physical infrastructure and education equipment.

The governor said this had become necessary in view of the fact that Japan ranked high in the areas of science and technology as well as development of intellectual capital.

While reaffirming his administration's commitment to the provision of qualitative education in the state, Governor Ajimobi said emphasis had been on human capital development as one of the means of unleashing the potentials of the people, particularly the youth.

In his remarks, the leader of JICA, Mr. Seki Jetsuo described education as the bedrock of development in any society, stressing that efforts must be made by government at all levels to improve the system from the beginning.

He said that the intervention programme of the agency in the state would include strengthening Mathematics and Science education, improving the quality of teachers through in-service training, especially in Mathematics and other science subjects.

He also pledged the readiness of his agency in constructing classrooms in some schools in the state.