KNUST Alumni Urges Focus On Science, Techn Education

Mr Akwasi Oppong-Fosu,Minister of Environment,Science,Technology and Innovation (43)The Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology (KNUST) Alumni Association (Technocrats) has said the promotion and application of science and technology should be at the forefront of the country’s national development.

To this end, it has called for the strengthening of teaching and learning of science at the basic level through the introduction of special incentives for science teachers and students.

In a communiqué issued at the end of its biennial congress in Kumasi last Wednesday, the association advocated a science, technology and innovation development policy within the framework of national development plans.

It said in order to create the basic tools for rapid national development, well-thought out policies should be formulated and implemented to support science, technology and innovation education and research.

The communiqué said science, technology and innovation, should be applied towards solving specific national problems such as poverty and disease, unemployment and energy deficits among others.

It urged policy-makers to use local expertise when appropriate to drive science, technology and innovation in the national developmental process.

It called for the strengthening of collaboration between academia and industry to help accelerate the overall development of the nation.

“Positive attitudes and patriotism should augment the application of science and technology for rapid national development”, it said.

The communiqué called for the depolitisation of the National Development Planning Commission (NDPC), and ensuring it insulation against any political interference by law, just as the Electoral Commission which is an independent body.

It said plans and programmes of development rolled out by the Commission, should be adhered to by successive governments.

It asked the KNUST alumni to see themselves as agents of social and economic change and not just as professionals.

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