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Improving science, mathematics and technology education … Education Minister confers with itec Global Ltd delegation

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The Minister for Education, Professor Naana Jane Opoku-Agyemang, has conferred with a three-member delegation from Itec Global Ltd of the United Kingdom on how best to improve science, mathematics and technology education in Ghana.

Itec Global works with Ministries of Education and their partners, creating sustainable education projects to develop and the teaching and learning science, mathematics and technology from primary to pre-university level.

Itec Global also trains science and mathematics teachers as well as laboratory technicians and procurement, delivery and installation of bespoke, high quality science, mathematics and ICT equipment.

Welcoming the delegation in the Minister’s Conference Room, she said the ministry had since 2013 identified science and mathematics as subjects that were posing serious challenges to both teachers and students and therefore  decided to find solutions to them.

According to her teachers were to be looked at to find out how those in the field could be given in-service training to fit into the classroom and be able to teach the sciences as well as mathematics while under the Transforming Teacher Education and Learning (T-TEL) programme, teacher trainees in all the colleges of education, would be trained in the same way as those already in the field so that there is uniformity in methodology.

The Operations Director of itec Global Ltd, Mr. Sam Godding, said the delegation was in the country to finalise arrangements towards a one week intensive training of 50 selected Mathematics and Science teachers in the first week of January 2017.

According to him the training would take the teachers through the art of learning as well as make them more encouraged to think more scientifically and mathematically.

In an intervention, a Deputy Director-General of the Ghana Education Service (GES), Mrs Cynthia Bosumtwi-Sam, said that the teachers who would be trained, will in turn train other teachers and that structures would be put in place in the mainstream.

In a contribution, Mr. Enoch Cobbinah, Chief Director of the Ministry of Education, cautioned that a check be made on what was happening in the colleges of education under the T-TEL programme and what itec Global  intents to do so that one methodology would be adopted in the teaching and learning of science and mathematics.

He also charged the GES and Itec Global to collaborate and come out with good results.

Present at the meeting were the Science and Mathematics Coordinators of the GES and Mr. Douglas Arthur, Country Representative of Itec Global Ltd.               


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