Physicists in Ghana Deliberate on Harmonizing Physics Syllabus in schools

The Ghana Institute of Physics Association (GhInsP) has proposed the harmonization of physics syllabus for tertiary institutions, the Senior High and basic schools.

According to the Association, physics taught at the tertiary institutions did not correspond with that of the junior and senior high schools and this needed to be corrected to sustain the interest of students who desire to study it to the highest level.

This came to light at the annual meeting of the Association hosted by Africa Institute For Mathematical Sciences (AIMS) Ghana at Biriwa and coordinated by Prof FKA Allotey, a renowned mathematician, Prof Jojo Moses Eghan, Head of Physics Department at the University of Cape Coast (UCC) and Dr. Nana Ama Browne Klutse, an official of the Ghana Atomic Energy.

It was among other things to deliberate on the impact of physics in the educational sector to the development of the nation as well as the problems associated with the teaching of Physics and how to make it more attractive to students and the way forward.

Prof. Eghan said although no single aspect of the syllabus had been identified for amendment yet, the decision to harmonize it was informed by concerns raised by various stakeholders.

He stated that the economy of every country was science based and therefore believed that if Physicist in the country were trained well, there would be strong industries to keep the economy booming.

The first Ghanaian female Physicist and a leader of the Ghana Academy of Arts and Sciences, Professor Aba Bentil Andam said the Association was determined to mentor well trained Ghanaian Physicists who are versatile to fit into any area of the economy.

She however bemoaned that many Ghanaians did not appreciate the learning of Physics and called on students to consider venturing in that area of science. GNA

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