Mrs Georgina Quaisie, Head of Science Education Unit, Ghana Education Service (GES), has urged science teachers to be innovative to help make the subject more attractive to students.
They should do everything to aid school children to develop special interest and passion for science and technology.
This is the path to travel to bring about change in the fight against poverty and inject pace into the nation’s socio-economic development.
Mrs Quaisie was speaking at the closing ceremony of a science week celebration held by the T. I. Ahmadiyya Senior High School in Kumasi.
The theme for the week was “Science, Technology and Innovation – Indispensable Factors to Accelerated Development”.
Activities undertaken included a symposium, quiz competition and donation to Kumasi Child and Maternal Hospital, and the Kumasi Children’s Home.
Mrs Quaisie said the state would give the needed support to individuals and groups, who either built on existing inventions or came out with new ones.
Mr Samuel Yaw Adusei, Deputy Ashanti Regional Minister said the progress achieved by the developed countries had come on the back of science and technology, rooted in research.
He said it was therefore regrettable that much of the research work done by the country’s researchers and scientists continued to be kept on the shelves.
This would have to change to make science and technology the driving force behind the national developmental efforts
Mr Yakub Ahmad Bin Abubakar, Headmaster of the school appealed for urgent expansion and refurbishment of the school’s science block and said the science laboratory could no longer accommodate the over 800 students pursuing science programme.
The school’s performance in the subject in external examinations, regional and national science competitions had been remarkable.
Maulvi Abdul Hameed Tahir, Ashanti Regional Missionary of the Ahmadiyya Mission, urged the students to study hard. GNA