Ghana News-The Deputy Minister for Science, Technology and Innovation, Madam Patricia Appiagyei says government is determined to increase the investments into the study of science and technology.
This, she noted is to entice and encourage pupils as well as students into taking up courses in the sciences and mathematics.
Addressing a two-day seminar series on science and technology for females in first cycle institutions at the Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology (KNUST), Madam Appiagyei urged students especially the female folk to consciously take up courses related to the science field.
Using herself as an example, Madam Appiagyei said she had come thus far in life because she chose the social sciences field.
‘’ I chose to do social science in school and therefore being deputy minister for my ministry is less burdensome because it has made me an all-round person able to appreciate and work better in everything I do’’, Madam Appiagyie noted with deafening applause from the audience.
The Deputy Minister asked that the female fold discard the notion that the study of sciences was the preserve of men.
Equal opportunities, she mentioned lay ahead of every student in the education field and encouraged female pupils to take up the challenge by aspiring to do science in school.
Madam Appiagyei dismantled the argument that the study of sciences is cumbersome and difficult to pass, noting science just like any other subject or course can be passed when one attaches seriousness to its study.
Many ladies, she noted had overcome the challenge science posed and have now risen to become influential people in the society.
‘’Let all female girls and ladies aspire to do courses in the sciences as they do away with every negative notion that has caged us into timidity’’, the Asokwa MP stressed with passion.
Speaking earlier at the seminar, Professor Charles Ansah, Pro-Vice Chancellor of KNUST announced the decision by the university board to reduce the aggregate of sciences for girls.
This, he noted will be the second year the school is doing that as they allow students with aggregate 15 and 16 to enter courses in the sciences at the University.
He also disclosed the decision by the University authorities to make all halls mixed so as to encourage the students to mingle as they study courses they have offered.
Prof Ansah charged females to aspire to become the best in the world by focusing their enthusiasm and attention to study of courses in the sciences.
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