The Vice-Chancellor, University of Nigeria, Nsukka, Enugu State, Prof. Barth Okolo, has said that the institution has recorded more than 50 per cent increase in the number of female students studying sciences since 2009.
The News Agency of Nigeria reported that Okolo said this in an interview with the Western Europe correspondent of NAN in Paris when two Nigerian female scientists received the 2013 UNESCO-L’Oreal awards.
“Science is the centre of development in the world. As a university, we have taken it as a key priority to train 60 per cent in science courses, with 40 per cent in other fields.
“In the past five years, the level of literacy in science has gone up very high, more girls are now interested in various science-related courses.
“On a scale of 100, I will say more than 50 per cent of girls have been admitted to study sciences since 2009,” he said.
He added that the university would continue to create the enabling environment to encourage students in sciences.
The VC said the award to the women “will motivate others in the field of science.”