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MP calls for demystification of learning of science

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Suhum (E/R), Sept 9, GNA - The Member of Parliament for Suhum, Mr Ransford Agyepong has called on science and mathematics teachers to demystify the teaching and learning of the subject to make them more attractive to students.

Mr Agyepong made the call at the opening of a one-week Science, Technology and Mathematics Education (STME) Clinic for the Suhum, Kraboa, Coaltar District at Suhum on Monday.

Some 80 participants made up of 12 girls from senior secondary schools and 48 girls and 20 boys from junior secondary schools are attending this year's clinic.

The MP appealed to the Ghana Education Service (GES) to make it a policy to bring accomplished personalities to schools so that the pupils and students could use them as role models.

The District Chief Executive, Mr Michael Kofi Mensah expressed his appreciation that since the inception of the STME project in 1987 some level of success had been recorded in bridging the educational gap between females and males.

Between 1987 and 1992 the number of girls who registered for science programmes at the SSS level had increased from 11 per cent to 24 per cent. Out of the 47 doctors and five dentists, who graduated from the Ghana Medical School at Korle-Bu in 1997 15 were women, who won 16 of the 21 prizes.

Mrs Vida Adu-Gyimah, Suhum/Kraboa/Coaltar District STME Co-ordinator, said the participants would be taken through relevant topics in biology, chemistry, physics, mathematics and current issues in the world of science.

They will also have sessions in wood and metal work, batik, tie-and-dye works as well as talks on career guidance, HIV/AIDS and adolescent reproductive health. 09 Sept. 03

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