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Tamale, Sept 10, GNA - Mr. Michael Nsowah, Acting Director-General of the Ghana Education Service, (GES) has said it was the aim of the GES to improve the teaching of science for all children in school to push the development of the country forward "People must be qualified before they can bring development to the country. The country is lagging behind in development because much emphasis has not been placed on science education.''

Mr Nsowah was speaking at the close of a one-week Science, Technology and Mathematics Education Clinic in Tamale on Friday. The clinic was organised for 200 students from senior and junior secondary schools in the Tamale Metropolis and the Tolon/Kumbungu District as well as the Savelugu School for the Deaf.

The participants were taken through lectures, panel discussion, initiative programmes, innovative approach to the teaching and learning of difficult subjects such as mathematics, physics, chemistry, biology, integrated science as well as tie and dye making, batik, soap making and the internet for computer rudiment.

The clinic offered the participants the opportunity to realize that science was not confined to the laboratory alone but could be studied outside the classroom in their immediate environment.

It also exposed the participants to various careers available to the scientists Mr Chikpah Demuyakor, the Northern Regional Director of Education, called for the formation of science clubs in senior and junior secondary schools.

In a speech read on his behalf, he said, if that was done, it would serve as platform for students to meet regularly to share ideas and experiences to sustain their interest and enthusiasm in science education. Mr Demuyakor appealed to metropolitan, district assemblies, members of parliament and NGOs to establish computer and science laboratories in secondary schools to enhance the teaching and learning of science.