Ho-West MP urges pupils, students to take study of science and maths seriously
By: Samuel Agbewode, Ho
The Member of Parliament (MP) for Ho-West, Mr. Emmanuel Kwasi Bedzrah, has appealed to pupils in the basic schools, and also particularly Junior High Schools, to develop an interest in the study of science and mathematics, in order to take advantage of the University of Health and Allied Sciences (UHAS) being established in the Volta Region.
He lamented that available records indicate that over 60 percent of pupils preferred to study arts subjects to the sciences, a situation he described as dangerous, and must engage the attention of all stakeholders to help reverse the negative development.
Mr. Emmanuel Kwasi Bedzra, who made the appeal when he addressed the chiefs and people of the Avatime traditional area at a durbar to climax their annual Amu (rice) festival celebration at Amedzofe, pointed out that education should be seen as the key to the socioeconomic development of every society, and efforts be made to develop the interest of students in all subjects, including science and mathematics.
The MP appealed to science and mathematics teachers in the basic schools to devise new methods of teaching the subjects, in order to make it easy for the pupils to understand, so as to get more pupils to develop the interest to further their education in science and mathematics-related disciplines.
Mr. Bedzrah noted that it was unfortunate that in the wake of numerous public outcries for more medical doctors and nurses at our hospitals to meet the increasing health needs in the country, students were not developing the interest to study courses that would enable them become medical doctors, as well as other health personnel, to fill vacancies in the health institutions in the country.
Mr. Bedzrah stressed on the need for the various stakeholders such as teachers and parents to cooperate effectively with each other, in order to ensure that pupils and students take their lessons more seriously, so as to help meet the development needs in their areas such as health, agriculture and industrial development.
In a related development, the MP also toured the eight Senior High Schools (SHS) in the constituency to interact with students, where he appealed to them to make good use of the numerous infrastructure being provided by the government, to enable them develop their God-given talents that would make them responsible adults in future.
Addressing students and teachers of the Dzolo SHS at a durbar, Mr. Bedzrah urged the students to be obedient so their teachers could educate them to develop their kills that would be much useful to the nation in its development process, as well as for the individual to fully benefit from the knowledge acquired.
Mr. Bedzrah, who at this point inspired the students, told them that he (MP) started life with no financial support from anywhere, and had to struggle through life to his current position.
He said the students should consider themselves very fortunate in life for the opportunity to study in SHS, adding that “some people, including myself, did not have this opportunity.”
The MP, who is also a member of the Education Subcommittee of Parliament, took the students and teachers through the responsibilities, challenges and immunity of members of parliament, explaining that the main duty of an MP was to make laws, but was quick to add that in terms of bringing development to the people, they could use their positions to lobby for development projects.
The Headmistress of the Dzolo SHS, Mrs. Nancy Goh, thanked Mr. Bedzrah for the high interest shown in the development activities in the area, particularly in the areas of education, noting that the MP had so far distinguished himself as selfless and hard working in the discharge of his duties.
She ended by saying that he was making history by educating students in schools on the activities of an MP, which was the first of its kind in the area.
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