The Director – General of the Ghana Education Service, Professor Kwasi Opoku Amankwa, has urged corporate citizens to complement Government’s investment in Science, Mathematics and Technology Education to accelerate national development.

He said effective Science Education would not only cure the ignorance of citizens about Science but would also broaden their knowledge base and make the nation a scientific and technological-oriented one

Prof Opoku Amankwa said this in a speech read on his behalf at the second edition of the Ghana Science Olympiad Competition, organised for underserved second cycle school.

Mrs Felicia Agyeibea Okai, a Director at the Office of the Director – General, read the speech.

The GES, he said, had prioritised the field of Science and Mathematics because it held the key to solving environmental, health and other life transformation challenges.

The sustainable and efficient utilisation of the rich natural resources also depended on the appropriate application of Science.

It behoved all stakeholders, therefore, to support the development of talents in the field to ensure holistic development and prosperity for all citizens.

The Ghana Science Olympiad (GSO) competition, which started in 2018, is a policy initiative of the Ministry of Education in collaboration with the Ghana Education Service (GES) under the Secondary Education Improvement Project (SEIP).

It aims at promoting the teaching and learning of Science, Technology and Mathematics.

It also seeks to equip students from underserved schools with critical thinking skills and expose them to the practical aspects of Science and Mathematics to improve upon their knowledge base for better academic performance.

The Swedru Senior High School from the Central Region emerged winners with the Armed Forces SHS and Okomfo Anokye SHS, both from the Ashanti Region, coming second and third, respectively.

Master Enoch Kwame Atuahene of the Adventist SHS in Ashanti Region was also the overall Best Student of the competition, with Rexford Tutu of Okomfo Anokye SHS and Robert Owusu of Swesco, coming second and third respectively, in the individual awards.

Ms Angela Amponsah of the Armed Forces SHS was also adjudged the Best Female Student.

The Overall Best School received the Minister of Education Award and took home a respiratory model.
The first and second runner ups were awarded with the Director General’s Special Award.

Mr Solomon Darko Quarm, the District Chief Executive of Gomoa East, commended the Ministry of Education, the GES and the contestants for the good move.

In all, 454 students selected from 227 schools from across the country participated in the programme, held under the theme: “Science, Mathematics and Technology for Accelerated Development.

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