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Teachers have been advised to always do their best to prove to their students that they (teachers) know what they teach.
Honourable Kenneth Kelly Essuman, the Municipal Chief Executive (MCE) of Mfantseman, who made the call was of the view that if that was done, the students would be boasting themselves with their teachers when they meet their friends.
Recounting on the time he was teaching at the Adisadel College in Cape Coast where according to him they (teachers) had nothing like in-service training, taught hard and was able to make the difference in the subject he was teaching.
Hon Essuman made this when represented the Central Regional minister at the opening ceremony of a two-day Science Teachers Training workshop organised by Dr Nana Ama Browne Klutse, Senior Research Scientist at the Ghana Space Science and Technology Institute of the Ghana Atomic Energy Commission, for the basic schools Science teachers in the municipality on Monday.
“…..what one has done, another person can do so please we’re appealing to you….please make use of each time that is available to you. You yourself educate yourself and so when you get the children you do some small too knowing on the children, by that, I mean that, you teach them for them to know that you know.
“So teach the children….let them feel and brag with you in the midst of their peers”, he appealed.
Describing the workshop as timely one, he then lauded the organizer for relieving the assembly from some of its responsibilities saying, “I want to say a big thank you to the sponsors and Dr Nana Ama Browne Klutse for thinking of Mfantseman first”.
He then urged the participants to compromised and take the training serious.
The Ghanaman Educational Trust sponsored program themed “Making Science Attractive At The Basic Schools”, was attended by almost 90 public basic schools science teachers in the municipality.
Dr Nana Ama Browne Klutse, the organiser, for her part, said teachers of science education are held very high esteem because they hold the future of science.
She explained, “at the basic school where children decide on which program they should pursue and even if they’ve already decided on science, how they go about the sciences depend greatly on you the teachers hence I’m saying you are held in very high esteem and I do respect you so much”.
Explaining the rationale behind the workshop, she bemoaned the rate at which the country has not been taking advantage of “science for development” to improve the the country despite the huge opportunities and brilliant people the country has so she and the sponsors thought through and casted their minds back to the very basic level that that was where it needs to start from, hence the move, with the purpose to make science attractive.
Dr N.A.B. Klutse stated further that the program would run through all levels of education saying, the first move was to meet the teachers and after, the organizers would be going to the schools “to meet with the students or the pupils themselves too to show them new ways of teaching (of course we won’t take your job from you,don’t get it wrong) but to just bring some ingredients into the whole system of teaching just to make attractive for the students”.
Refuting the perception that science is a difficult subject, Dr Klutse attributed it to the method and how some science teachers teach the subject that sometimes make people feel it is difficult “but it is not”.
Present at the ceremony were among other persons, Nana Otoo-Essoun,CEO of the Trust and Mrs Martha Acquah, the municipal education Director, who also showed appreciation to the organizers saying, such program had been on the directorate’s agenda to be carried and urged the teachers to take the exercise seriously.
“…maths, science, is the cream of everything……i think if any country can prosper, it is based on science and maths….and even before one can enter the secondary school you have to pass in maths and science as well…..”, Mr Acquah explained.
Source: Kojo Ata Kakrah Abrowah ||
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