Jane Naana Opoku-Agyemang, the Education Minister, has asked teachers to be more innovative in the teaching of science particularly at the basic school level to make it interesting to pupils.
She said the low number of students found in the science faculties in many schools was due to poor management of teaching and learning of the subject at the basic level of education.
She said this when she opened a four-week workshop for 240 selected science teachers and laboratory technicians from across the country in Kumasi.
They were drawn from Senior High Schools (SHS) and the programme was on the theme: “Education in science – Our benefit and the future”.
Prof Naana Opoku-Agyemang underlined the government’s determination to adequately equip teacher-trainees with the needed skills to efficiently teach science, mathematics and Information Communication Technology (ICT).
She conceded that, there were indeed problems of insufficient qualified science teachers, laboratory equipment and chemical supplies and said this would be addressed.
Mrs Georgina Quarshie, Director, Science Education Unit, Ghana Education Service (GES), said the workshop was part of the Phase Three of the Science Resource Centre (SRC) Programme and that 1,000 teachers from schools, colleges and the universities would benefit.
They would be exposed to the pedagogy of modern science teaching, practical ICT skills, practical laboratory work and organizational skills.