27 December 2012

Gambia: Gov't Is Promoting Excellence in Sciences - Says Armitage Principal

Crr — The principal of Armitage Senior Secondary School has said that the government of The Gambia is extensively promoting excellence in the sciences, and has made it a priority in its development agenda.

Sulayman Keita made this remark recently in his office during the Science, Technology and Innovation Week celebration in Janjangbureh, Central River Region (CRR). He said that the Ministry of Basic and Secondary Education (MoBSE) in collaboration with the Ministry of Higher Education Research Science and Technology (MoHERST) is doing everything possible to promote the teaching and learning of sciences.

The Armitage SSS principal also informed the gathering that the Gambia government has sent two Nigerians who are here on technical assistance, to the school, as Chemistry and Biology teachers. He said the two teachers will focus on the teaching of the said subjects in order to improve students' performance in these areas. He assured that the school management will work closely with the Nigerian TAs in the attainment of excellence in the sciences subjects. He also urged the science students to make best use of the teachers.

On their part, Iyke Khukanna, the Biology teacher and Adewole Olumuyiwa, the Chemistry teacher, said they will be around for two years during which they will help in the area of sciences in order to promote excellence and improve performance. They promised that they will teach the students how to use science apparatus in the class and in the laboratory.

Both teachers also intimated that they will use the local materials within the environment to improvise science equipment, such as the Bambo trees to make telescope and extraction of flowing plants to make indicators. They finally urged the students to make best use of the opportunity accorded to them, so that they can improve their grades in the area of science.

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