AN ASSESSMENT OF PERSONNEL AND INFRASTRUCTURAL READINESS FOR THE IMPLEMENTATION OF BASIC SCIENCE AND TECHNOLOGY CURRICULUM IN KATSINA STATE
The study assessed personnel and infrastructural readiness for the implementation of basic science and technology curriculum in katsina state. The study was guided by six (6) research questions. The population of the study comprised of forty three (43) basic science and technology teachers in Dutsin-ma Local Government Area of Katsina State from which a sample of forty three (43) was drawn. The main research instrument was personnel and infrastructural assessment tools (PIAT). However , interview was also used as a reference guide to complement the some of the questions posed to the respondents questionnaire. The study reveals that some respondents’ view of the current Curriculum in use for Science Teaching Basic Science and Technology at the JSS classes, the Teachers’ Knowledge of the awareness of new Basic Science and Technology Curriculum, Also, the study reveals that most of the schools are not ready in terms of infrastructure for the implementation of the new basic science and technology curriculum. Based on the findings, some recommendations were made which include ranging from mobilization, motivation and retraining of qualified personnel to the adequate provision and maintenance of infrastructural facilities for successful implementation of the Basic Science and Technology curriculum in Dutsin-ma LGA of Katsina state.
1.1 Background to the Study
Curriculum is a dynamic programme that is expected to address the changing needs and aspirations of any society (Igwebuike, 2008). Nigerian policy-makers and educators recognize the role of science and technology in the achievement of education for all and national development in the present millennium. This has informed an evaluation process that led to the development of the nine-year basic science and technology curriculum of the universal basic education. The curriculum was implemented in September 2008 in primary one in Nigeria. This study is an investigation into the level of implementation of the basic science and technology curriculum at the junior secondary school level.