Historical Development of Science and Technology Education in Nigeria: Issues, Challenges and Prospects

  • A. F. Oyelade Department of Arts Education, University of Ilorin
  • S. B. Abolade
Keywords: STEM, Curricula reform, Development


This paper examines the historical development of science and technology education in Nigeria. In the process it examines pertinent issues, challenges and prospects. The rationale of the paper derives from the understanding that science and technology education is of immense benefit to the nation’s development. The paper uses both primary and secondary data. The data are subjected to periodic and thematic analyses in order to arrive at historicised conclusions out of which recommendations are drawn. It was found that science and technology education in Nigeria has been in existence since the commencement of private education in 1842. However, its progress has not featured great incorporation in the manufacturing and industrial sectors of the economy. It is, therefore, recommended that science and technology education be given greater emphasis in real life situations in the Nigerian socio-economic milieu.


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eISSN: 2707-6113
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