MP establishes science resource centre

In order to achieve the dream of having more trained scientist to facilitate the socio-economic growth of the nation, Cape Coast Member of Parliament (MP) has established a Science Resource Centre in the Metropolis.

Mr Ebo Barton-Odro’s brain child meant for basic schools in the metropolis is the first of its kind to be established in the country.

The MP, who is also the Deputy Minister of Justice and Attorney-General presented science equipment worth GH¢80,000 to the centre on Monday.

The wide range of equipment included microscope optica, microscopes, measuring cylinders, funnels gas syringes, lens holders, DNA extraction kits, ultra violet light bulbs and radioactivity kits.

He said the resource centre was established based on an advice given him by the Vice-Chancellor of the University of Cape Coast, Professor Naana Jane Opoku-Agyemang to train pupils to develop their interest in the study of the subject at an early age.

The MP pointed out that if the country would focus on industrialisation as a tool for development, then the study of science and technology must be given serious attention.

He urged pupils from the area to take up science related subjects and make maximum use of the resource centre to their full benefit.

The Metropolitan Chief Executive, Mr Anthony Egyir Aikins commended the MP for his efforts in bringing practical science education to the basic school level and was of the hope that it will go a long way to develop the interest of the pupils for them to study the subject to the highest level.

The equipment were donated by Philip Harris International in the UK.

Mr Arthur Mensah, Country Director of Philip Harris said the organisation equip science laboratories and train science teachers.

He said studying science without practical knowledge was not interesting.

He expressed optimism that the equipment would help move science education forward in the metropolis and advised the pupils to study harder and make good use of the centre.

Mr Stephen Obotan Larbi, Metropolitan Director of Education expressed gratitude to the donors and said it was an opportunity for children at the basic level to acquire skills in the sciences.

He stressed the need for the project to be replicated in the other districts.

Source: GNA

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