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Regional News of Monday, 26 January 2004

Source: GNA

Science resource centres not making desired impact - Sewura

Accra, Jan 26, GNA - Mr S K A Sewura, Headmaster of the Nkwanta Secondary School in the Volta Region has observed that Science Resource Centres were not making the desired impact of sharpening the scientific skills of students because of the lack of qualified teachers and instructors at the centres.

Mr Sewura therefore appealed to the Ghana Education Service (GES), to address the staffing situation of the Centres, saying that without them "the Resource Centre idea would be a day dream." Mr Sewura made the appeal at the opening a week-long Science, Technology and Mathematics Education (STME) clinic at the Nkwanta Secondary School.

The clinic organised on the theme: "STME in support of Scientific and Technological Transformation in Ghana," attracted 61 participants, mostly girls from junior secondary schools, and their counterparts in the first year in senior secondary schools.

Activities lined up included talks, film shows, computer training, guided tours and hands-on laboratories.

Mr Sewura announced that the Nkwanta Secondary School would re-start the science programme next year.

The out-going District Director of Education, Mr Doe Hodinyah, said Nkwanta had never benefited from the project since its inception and subsequent decentralisation because the school had no Science Resource Centre.

He urged the Nkwanta District Assembly to strive for the provision of a Science Resource Centre to make the holding possible annually in the district.

Mr Gershon Gbediame, MP for Nkwanta, said the project was a demonstration of the desire of past and present governments to encourage girls to pursue science and related subjects. He assured the people that every effort would be made to sustain the yearly organisation of the clinic in the districts.