Students asked to pursue science courses

The Minister of Environment, Science, Technology and Innovation, Mr. Mahama Ayariga, has entreated students at the secondary and tertiary level of education to pursue science-related programmes.

He said the new era of science and technology required that students developed special interest in science-related programmes to be able to revolutionise technology in the country.

In a speech read on his behalf at a regional consultative workshop on Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM), Mr. Ayariga observed the sad trend of a large number of students fleeing from the study of science to other subjects.

The two-day conference was organised by UNESCO, in collaboration with the Directorate of Technical Cooperation in Africa under the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Nigeria and the ECOWAS Parliament.

It assembled experts in science and technology education, from Benin, Cote d’Ivoire, Guinea, Liberia, Nigeria and Togo to discuss ways to develop strategies to revitalise basic science education at all levels of education and to attract young people, especially women to study science and technology-based courses.

Making a reference to a report by the National Council for Tertiary Education (NCTE), Mr. Ayariga said only 39 per cent of 127,502 students, who were admitted to the eight public universities in the 2012/2013 academic year, were admitted to science-related programmes.

The Country Representative of UNESCO, Mr. Tirso Dos Santos said the organisation being the only specialised UN agency with science as one of its core mandates realised that promoting science, technology, engineering, mathematics and innovation would require cooperation at various levels.

“We, therefore, encourage and pursue sub-regional, regional, south-south and north-south collaboration in order to solve pressing developmental challenges,” he said.

Mr. Santos further urged countries in the sub-region to strive to attain the SDGs through substantial investment in science education, promotion of scientific research, cooperation in education and development of human resource capital.

 

By Charles Amankwa

 

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