THE CONTRIBUTION OF SCIENCE EDUCATION TO NATIONAL DEVELOPMENT
No doubt science education has contributed to nation building. The inadequacies bequeathed to the nation in the manner of teaching science education from her colonial past has been traced to the fact that countries like Nigeria did not emphasize science education from independence. This necessitated the need to reconstruct the science and indeed biology curriculum to reflect and include the indigenous traditional and social live experiences of the people. This paper outlines the contribution of science education to national development and concludes that the continuous social and economic growth of the nation is partly dependent on the essential emphasis placed on science education. This includes encouraging the interest of home-made professionals who are in touch with the philosophical realities
of the people to genuinely engage in science education.