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Education Minister inspects Educational Science Equipment

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The Minister for Education, Professor Naana Jane Opoku-Agyemang, has inspected and taken delivery of the first batch of consignment of assorted science educational equipment procured by the Ministry of Education at a cost of about GHC40.0 million.

The equipment, chemicals and other logistics are for the teaching and learning of Chemistry, Biology, Physics, ICT and Electronics.

The equipment would be distributed to 100 Science Resource Centres (SRCs) in all the ten regions of the country, with each receiving 600 boxes of various equipment and chemicals.

Addressing representatives of the press houses, she said Government had noted with concern the weaknesses in the teaching and learning, as well as the learning outcomes of Mathematics and Science.

Under the Upgrading of Science Resource Centre Project, a number of SRCs have been rehabilitated and equipped with modern science equipment to help the teaching and learning of Science.

As part of the Project, about 1,200 Science teachers and laboratory technicians from the beneficiary schools have been trained to improve their skills in the use of equipment in ICT, Audio-Visuals, Physics, Chemistry, Biology and General Laboratory.

 

The Ministry has prioritized the teaching and learning of Mathematics and Science as a means to reverse the historical trend of poor performance in Mathematics and Science in the country and the following measures among others have been put in place to improve performance:

 

Training of 1,000 Science Teachers from 125 low performing public Senior High Schools under the Secondary Education Improvement Project (SEIP). Training of 500 Mathematics Teachers from Basic and Senior High Schools..

 

For efficient management and monitoring, 20 coordinators including all regional science coordinators have been trained on leadership and management of the Science Centers.

 

The following equipment and chemicals among others have been procured and are ready for distribution to the 100 beneficiary schools:

Agar Powder, Beakers of various sizes, Chromatography Paper, Human Skeleton, Lung Volume Bag Kit, Human Torso, Measuring Cylinders of various sizes, Clinical and Digital Thermometers, Tubing, Glass, Borosilicate 6mm Od X .5m, Microscope Lens Tissue, Volumetric Flask of various sizes, Spring Balance, Oscilloscope, Dual Trace, Oscilloscope Probes, Oscilloscope Single Beam Basic, Pendulum Bob Brass, Current Sensor, Data logging Software (Site License), Digital Flex Camera, Digital Microscope, Humidity Sensor, Sensor, Light Gates Pair, Light Sensor, Memory Sticks, Ph Sensor & Probe, Position Sensor, Voltage Sensor, Pressure Sensor. The breakdown of regional SCR is as follows; Ashanti 28, Brong Ahafo 9, Central 11, Eastern 18, Greater Accra 7, Northern 2 and Upper East 3. The rest are Upper West 3, Volta 13 as well as Western 6.

Already some SRCs in the regions have benefitted from the phase one of the SRC Project.


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