Ajumako (C/R), Aug 31, GNA- Mr Isaac Edumadze, the Central Regional Minister, has said Ghana could attain the level of development equivalent to that of great nations if she paid attention to the study of science.
He said science was a life-giving source of technical, economic and social progress as well as a source of cultural growth of the people and their well being.
Mr Edumadze said this on Monday at Ajumako when he opened a Science, Technology and Mathematics Education (STME) clinic for 46 girls and 14 boys drawn from junior and senior secondary schools in the Ajumako-Enyan-Essiam District.
The one-week clinic is under the theme, "scientific and technological education: the hope of the nation".
The clinic was the third to be organised in the district by the Ghana Education Service (GES) with the support of the District Education Endowment Fund and the district assembly.
It provides opportunity to participants to pursue science, mathematics and technological education to the highest level and also demystifies the learning of the subjects.
Mr Edumadze said it was in view of the importance the government attaches to science related subjects that it was putting structures in place that would make their studying easier for students.
Mr Edumadze assured the people of the district that the recommendations that would be made at the end of the clinic would be implemented so as to raise the standards of education in the district. Mr Kofi Taale, a lecturer at the science faculty of the University of Education of Winneba, said in a report read for him that 17 science projects were presented in the JSS category and seven from the SSS sector.
The projects, he said, included water purifying systems, preparation of various types of soaps using local materials and the preparation of body and hair creams.
Mr Taale said the presenters of the projects could not communicate their thoughts to the judges in coherent English thereby making it look as if they did not take active part in the preparation of the projects.
He said he hoped that the projects would be re-worked on and students who would be presenting them schooled properly before embarking on any future science fairs.