The permanent secretary at the Ministry of Basic and Secondary Education Saturday launched the 3rd edition of the Gambega sponsored Fanta Science Quiz for the academic year 2012-2013, during a ceremony held at the Gambia Radio and Television Services (GRTS) headquarters along MDI Road in Kanifing.
The initiative, which is being organised in partnership with the Basic Education Ministry and The Gambia Radio and Television Services (GRTS), would have 38 senior secondary schools across the country participate in an academic showdown that was last year won by the Methodist Academy.
In his launching statement, Baboucarr Bouy said the quiz is one such initiative the Basic and Secondary Education Ministry is very committed to in that science is very key to any national development. "If we don't want our development to be dictated by outsiders, then we must take up the sciences seriously," he said.
"Since the inception of the programme," according to PS Bouy, "it encourages students to take up the science and mathematics seriously at their schools". He told the gathering that it is easier for science students to switch to other fields and perform well than non-science students.
"This initiative sponsored by Gambega would definitely go a long way in filling the capacity gap in the sciences in this country. I therefore thank Gambega for once again coming on board to sponsor this programme," he underscored, while wishing all the schools good luck in the quiz.
Speaking earlier, the director of Science and Technology at the Ministry of Basic and Secondary Education, Adama Jimba Jobe, explained that the programme was initially meant for schools in the Greater Banjul Area, but noted that it has now been expanded to cover other schools across the country that are doing pure science.
The Gambega country director, Adolfo Marti, for his part, urged the students to take the quiz seriously, and thanked GRTS and MOBSE for the collaboration between them. He reiterated that the initiative is geared towards promoting the learning and teaching of science and mathematics in Gambian schools.
Disclosing that Gambega is committing half a million dalasis for the successful staging of the initiative, Marti assured of his company's continuous support to national development.