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The Deputy Minister of Education in-charge of pre-tertiary education, Honourable Alex Kyeremeh, has reiterated the government’s determination to see marked improvement in the teaching and learning of mathematics and science.

He said the huge investment by way of provision of laboratory equipment alongside the mathematics and science the training of teachers and laboratory technicians, attested to government’s commitment.

The deputy minister said this in his address read for him by the Ashanti Regional Director of Education, Mrs Mary Owusu Achiaw, at the closing ceremony of a four-week training programme in Kumasi for 200 science teachers and laboratory technicians selected from  senior high and technical schools (SHTSs) across the country.

The training which travelled from 4th January to 29th January, 2016 and covered biology, physics and chemistry, formed part of the national science resource centres project, designed to build the capacity of teachers to help them to simplify the teaching of the three subjects as well as to make them easily understandable and attractive to students.

Its uniqueness was the running of the programme simultaneously at the Opoku Ware SHS and Prempeh College both in Kumasi and the use of about 12 co-trainers who were Ghanaian science teachers and could hold the fort in the absence of the UK trainers.

The training programme, a collaboration between the Ministry of Education (MoE), Ghana Education Service (GES) and International Training and Educational Consultancy Global (ITEC Global) of the United Kingdom, is part of measures to reverse the trend of poor grades obtained by students in these subjects in the West African Senior School Certificate Examination (WASSCE) in recent years.

Mr. Kyermeh said aiding the teachers to have better understanding of scientific methodologies was vital to efforts at enhancing classroom performance.

He gave the assurance that the MoE would continue to retool science resource centres in SHSs and do everything to make them more functional.

The deputy minister used the occasion to urge the participants to make good use of the training they have received from the UK trainers to improve the results of their students in the coming WASSCE and subsequent ones.

Mr. William Graham, leader of the 12-member team of trainers of ITEC Global, hailed the training as one of the best initiatives in Africa.

He commended all the participants for the seriousness they attached to the training programme and said the expectation was that they would return to their schools to make a big difference.

Mr. Graham also encouraged them to share the knowledge and skills acquired over the four-week duration of the training with their colleagues.

Earlier in a report by a representative of the participants, Mr Malik Botchway of Manhean SHTS, recommended among others that the training should cover more science teachers as well as integrated science teachers at the junior high school level and advance notice given to selected teachers to prepare adequately for the duration of the training schedule.

Among the dignitaries at the event were a retired Director of Science Education, Mrs Sophai Awotwi, Rev. Augustus Harry Awotwi, also a retired educationist and former national coordinator of National Best Teacher Award programme, Dr. Nimo, headmaster of Opoku Ware SHS and Mr. Douglas Arthur, Country Director of ITEC Global.

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