President Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo has emphasised that the future of Ghana is very dependent on her ability to get her youth, who are currently in school, to master Science and Technology.
The President made the observation when he addressed winners of the 2019 edition of the National Science and Maths Quiz (NSMQ) from St. Augustine’s College, Cape Coast, at the Jubilee House when they paid a courtesy call on him on Tuesday, 15 October 2019.
"The centrality of science, technology, engineering, and mathematics education for the future of our country has been decided on. This is where we all have to turn our energies, plans and programmes to", President Akufo-Addo said.
"All the countries that are progressing today, its all about the mastery of Science and Technology by their populations. To have award winners in this area means we are looking at the future of Ghana," he added.
Nana Akufo-Addo congratulated the award winners as well as the organisers and wished them well in their future endeavours.
"I want to congratulate you warmly. From my understanding, it is highly contested and very keenly contested competition so to come out of it on top, it's a big victory to yourselves, to the school, to the science master and all of you who are involved in the preparation and teaching, your are to be congratulated" the President noted.
The Deputy Minister of Education, Dr Yaw Osei Adutwum, led the delegation to the meeting. In his introductory remarks, he indicated that the introduction of the free senior high school flagship programme of the government essentially absorbed the fees that parents and schools paid to participate in the competition. To this end, he noted that the National Science and Maths Quiz (NSMQ) has been strengthened because monies are readily available from government for the organisation of the NSMQ that has become a must watch for every household in the nation.