Students in the Tema Metropolis have been encouraged by Mr. Isaac Ashai Odamtten, Tema Metropolitan Chief Executive, to embrace the study of science.
Mr. Odamtten, in an interview with the Ghana News Agency, said having the interest in science, mathematics and technology would give ample opportunities of employment, research and business to the students in the industries located in the Tema Metropolis.
He congratulated students of Manhean Anglican Basic 1 and 2 for emerging first and second in the just ended Greater Accra Region Science, Technology, Maths and Innovation Fair, and urged others to emulate their example.
He said the Tema Metropolitan Assembly (TMA) was sponsoring schools in the metropolis to participate in such camps as a way to whip up students’ interest in the sciences.
The MCE challenged students to continuously learn and practise science and mathematics as that was the only way to excel in life.
He also urged teachers to use research and innovative ways to teach science, maths, technology and other subjects students find difficult to learn.
Mr. Odamtten announced that the Assembly, in collaboration with the Tema Education Directorate, was considering the introduction of science clinics in schools to give special attention to children who have challenges in mathematics and science.
He observed that the provision of science laboratories and tools for the basic schools would be an added advantage for the teaching of science.
The MCE called on stakeholders to support schools in the metropolis to help achieve the goal of improving learning of science and maths.
He reminded students and parents that every child has an opportunity to excel irrespective of their geographical location, adding that of all the schools in Tema, it was the students from Manhean which is a rural and deprived community that emerged winners.
Mrs. Beatrice Ofori Adu, Tema Metropolitan Science Coordinator for the Education Directorate, told the GNA that out of 50 projects presented from the 16 districts in the Greater Accra Region, Tema emerged first, second at the science fair.
Mrs. Adu said the science fair was initiated to encourage the schools to exhibit their creativity through a science project.
She indicated that the Manhean Anglican Basic 1 and Basic 2 became first and second with projects on producing a local power bank, and solar dryer respectively.
She added that in 2015, Tema emerged national best when they presented a project on producing electricity from sea water.