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19.08.2005 Education

Human resource devt, responsibility of education sector

GNA

Daboase (W/R), Aug. 19, GNA - The demand on the country to get along with the rest of the World in Science and Technology places a heavy responsibility on the education sector, Mrs Kafui Fiakpornoo, an educationist has said.

The education sector, she said had the onerous task to provide the pre-requisite human resource development base for the proper management of all sectors to accelerate the growth of the national economy. Mrs Fiakpornoo, who is the Western Regional Director of Education, was addressing the closing ceremony of this year's Science Technology and Mathematics Education (STME) Clinic at Daboase on Thursday. The 60 participants comprising 42 girls and 18 boys were selected from Junior Secondary and Senior Secondary schools in the six education circuits of the Mpohor Wassa East District.

The participants mounted an exhibition at the five-day clinic on the theme: "STME for wealth creation, Physics as a tool". Mrs Fiakpornoo said the objective of the country to become a middle income one would be greatly enhanced if students were well grounded in scientific and technological knowledge and skills. The STME clinic instituted about 16 years ago had helped to break down the misconception and psychological barriers that act as constraints to female participation in science and technology in schools, she noted.

Mrs Rebecca Dadzie, District Director of Education, said it was only through science and technology that the vast natural resources of the country could be tapped for the benefit of the people. She urged the participants not to abandon science, mathematics and technology education as they hold the key for wealth creation for society's advancement.

Mrs Dadzie advised the youth, particularly girls to avoid immoral practices including pre-marital sex that could destroy their future. She commended the Mpohor Wassa East District Assembly and the World Vision for their immense contribution towards the development of education in the District.

Mr Edward Tawiah Amprofi, District Chief Executive, said incidents of teenage pregnancy had led to many girls dropping outs of school and urged parents and teachers to help find solutions to the problem. He announced that some heads of schools had not accounted for monies collected in respect of locally planned examinations and warned those concerned to pay up immediately or face severe sanctions. Dr Elizabeth Amoah, a Senior Lecturer at the University of Ghana, who is a citizen of the area, presided.

She advised the youth to take their studies seriously because it was the only way they could make it in life. Participants later interacted with some women role models. 19 Aug. 05

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