The entire consignment is valued at GHC40 million. It would be distributed to the Science Resource Centres (SRC) of 100 Senior High Schools across the country by the end of March.

MOE 11 THE DEMONSTRATION SCIENCE LAB OF THE WORLD CAPITAL PSThe logistics would enable the SRCs to provide better tuition in Chemistry, Biology, Physics, Information Communication Technology (ICT) and Electronics.

Each beneficiary school would be provided with 600 boxes of various Science equipment and chemicals.

Prof. Jane Naana Opoku-Agyemang, who took delivery of the consignment, at the weekend, said the procurement of the equipment was part of a deliberate scheme by the Government to prioritise and make Science Education easier by improving Mathematics and Science pedagogy.

This, she said, would improve Science instruction by teachers and the appreciation of those subjects by students, with the ultimate aim to reverse the downward trend in the performance of students in Mathematics and Science.

The move is also part of efforts to improve the performance of students in the 2016 West African Secondary School Certificate Examinations (WASSCE).

Consistently, the past few years have witnessed a slip in the performance of students in the Science at the WASSCE.

Therefore, as part of the remedial strategy, the Ministry has rehabilitated and equipped 300 SRCs across the country, and is currently upgrading an additional 100 SRCs nationwide.

Also, a total of 1200 Science teachers and laboratory technicians from 400 schools have been trained to improve their skills in the use of ICT, audio visuals, Physics, Chemistry, Biology and General laboratory.

Prof. Opoku-Agyemang said the Government was deeply concerned about the dwindling performance of students and it would, therefore, support both teachers and students to raise the learning and teaching of the subjects to make Science-related subjects very popular.

This would ultimately improve the human-capacity in the related fields to propel the development of the nation.

She appealed to heads of Senior High Schools to put the equipment to good use to ensure improvement in the results and also ensure value for money.

The Minister gave the warning that the heads who would flout the directive would be sanctioned.

Source: GNA

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