The University of Energy and Natural Resources [UENR] has held its maiden science festival in Sunyani. The four-day festival which aimed at encouraging the study of science among pupils and students of basic and secondary cycle schools, was attended over 800 students from 15 Junior and Senior High Schools SHSs in the BrongAhafo region.
The Vice Chancellor of the UENR Prof Harrison Dapaah, speaking at the inauguration ceremony said science has become an indispensible discipline in the life of every nation and indicated that science transcend the life of every individual. He added that through the study of science, researchers are able to address huge challenges such as climate change, drought, health, energy and ageing that are facing societies.
He expressed regret that out of several SHSs in the Brong Ahafo Region, less than five of them offer science programme and therefore called on Ghana Education Service GES increase the number of science based SHSs in the region. Prof Dapaah said the University through the science fair would collaborate with GES and use the opportunity to whip up the interest in the study of science by students the region.
He announced that the university would soon organize science and mathematics clinics for the SHSs female students with deficiencies in science and mathematics to help them re-sit for WASSCE. This initiative he said is to maintain the gender mainstreaming policy of the university to motivate more females to venture into science and engineering.
The Founding Vice Chancellor of UENR, Prof (Mrs.) Esi Awuah who was the guest speaker, appealed to traditional rulers to lobby for more science SHSs in their areas to help produce more science based scholars. She said Ghana needs more scientist, technicians, and engineers to help solve current poverty problems in the country.
The Vice Chancellor of Catholic University College [CUCG], Fiapre, Prof Daniel Obeng-Ofori said science was very important in human life and called for the study of science at all levels of education. He challenged heads of educational institutions and stakeholders to promote science in their institutions. He advised the students to take their studies serious especially science to help them to meet up competition in society.
Source: Jennifer Naa Jaaga