President of the Ghana Science Association (GSA) Navrongo Branch, Dr. Jude Simons Bayor has made a clarion called on stakeholders in education and industries to consider expanding access to internet service to all educational facilities at all levels in Ghana.
This according to him, will expose pupils at the basic and pre-tertiary institutions to scientific knowledge that will prepare them to pursue future careers in STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics).
Addressing participants at the inauguration of GSA Navrongo Branch at the C. K. Tedam University of Technology and Applied Sciences (C.K.T UTAS) Dr. Bayor admonished heads of pre-tertiary institutions to conduct science quizzes and project work for students at the JHS and SHS.
This he believes will help them compete well in the National Science and Maths Quiz.
He said “you will agree with me that the phenomenon of losing prospective basic Science and Mathematics students at the basic level in Ghana, which is largely blamed on the approach by teachers, limited access to science laboratories, limited access to quality textbooks etc. It has been a thorny issue over the years. Thus learning Science and Mathematics in most schools has been an agony leading to the paucity of sufficient manpower need in the industry. To address this problem, I will like to make a clarion call on stakeholders of this industry to consider providing and expanding access to Internet service to all educational facilities at all levels. The pupil at the lower levels need to be exposed early to the scientific world and subjects. This way they learn things at first hand and get motivated to explore the world scientifically.”
Dr. Bayor expressed, the association’s readiness to reach out to schools in the catchment to ensure that schools in the North can win a national trophy of MSQ.
“our students at the JHS and SHS should be encouraged to carry out science quizzes and projects which can be displayed in open days in the schools. We know that the secondary school within this catchment area that participate in the National Science and Maths Quiz have always failed to reach the ultimate national final or win a trophy. It will be the vision of GSA-Navrongo branch to turn the tide around, and to reach out to schools and Universities within the catchment area with programs and activities to make it a reality.” he added.
A three-member team made up of Dr. Jude Simons Bayor( President), Dr. Melvin-Guy Adonadaga( Secretary) and Dr. Mary-Magdalene Pedavoah( Treasurer) were sworn in by the president of UDS branch of GSA Prof. Gideon Kofi Helegbe as interim executives to stire the afairs of the association to achieve its objective of encouraging, promoting and popularizing Science and Technology in Ghana.
The Vice Chancellor of C.K.T.UTAS. Prof. Eric Magnus Wilmot who chaired the occasion entreated members to plan a solution based practical content of their lecture notes using scientific approach to help students innovate new ways of tackling problems in society.
Pro. Wilmot added that, the purpose of science education is to find solutions to human challenges.
He however pledged to support the Navrongo branch Ghana Science Association to grow to achieve its fullest potential.
The inauguration of GSA Navrongo branch saw in attendance, the Vice-Chancellor of CKT. UTAS, the Registrar, Deans and Vice Deans of various Faculties, Heads of Departments, president and secretary of UDS brach of GSA among other important dignitaries.
Source: A1Radioonline.com/ 101.1MHz/ Samuel Adagom/ Ghana