Educator Urges Emphasis On Study Of Sciences
By Calvin Brooks
MONROVIA, Jan 18 (LINA) - An official of the Education Ministry has challenged science teachers in Liberia to encourage their students to develop interest in science courses.
Education Ministry consultant Victoria Kennedy said science teachers should be innovative and creative to develop students’ interest in the various science subjects which are critical to the rebuilding process of Liberia
According to the Liberia News Agency, Madam Kennedy made the statement Saturday when she addressed over 100 science teachers at a one-day workshop for science teachers in public schools in Montserrado County held at the Elizabeth Tubman Memorial Institute in Caldwell, outside Monrovia.
She observed that over the years, Liberian students have been performing “very poorly” in the sciences in the West African Examinations Council (WAEC) exams.
This, she noted, has drawn the attention of the Education Ministry and the National Oil Company of Liberia (NOCAL), prompting them to act to equip science teachers with basic techniques to encourage students in the science subjects.
She said NOCAL and the Education Ministry have signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) for three years to renovate and equip public school laboratories in strategic places in the 15counties to ensure that Liberian students get on par with students in the sub-region.
Madam Kennedy said laboratories have been renovated and equipped in more than 10 public schools across the country for students to engage in practical learning of science courses in schools.
She expressed optimism that Liberia can produce competent engineers, doctors and nurses in the near future if students develop interest in science courses.