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25 January 2017

Gov’t must increase investments in maths, science and technology – Rev Prof Mante

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The President of the Trinity Theological Seminary of the University of Ghana has called on government to increase investment in mathematics, science, and technology education.

According to Rev Prof Mante, government’s failure to invest efficiently in mathematics, science and technology education might bring some serious repercussions in the future.

He, therefore, charged government to walk the talk and increase scholarship packages for students reading these disciplines and as well provide the requisite logistics to augment their study.

He made the call at the 8th graduation and 10th matriculation ceremony of the Evangelical Presbyterian University College (EPUC) at Ho in the Volta Region.

Giving the keynote address, Rev Prof Mante noted that “If we as a nation do not put some emphasis on other important disciplines including science, mathematics, and technology, we will rip some serious repercussions very soon.”

“For example, the number of people who are studying mathematics and science in out tertiary institutions around the country seems to be seriously challenged”, he disclosed.

Rev Prof Mante advised that government must act on its promises and increase investment in mathematics, science and technology education which would in effect contribute to a rapid development of the country.

“If science and mathematics are important to the future of the nation, why can’t government increase the amount and number of scholarships it gives to young people who desire to read science and mathematics at the tertiary level”, he argued.

Rev Prof Mante also called on tertiary institutions to combine both theory and practical aspects of learning to produce well-refined graduates for the benefit of society.

The President of EPUC, Rev Dr Cyril Fayose called for an amendment of the Ghana Education Trust Fund (GETfund) law to enable private institutions to benefit from GETfund projects to meet their infrastructure demands.

Rev Dr Fayose who affirmed that the university is being faced with some infrastructure challenges appealed to developers in the private sector to partner develop the University’s permanent campus based on mutual agreements.

A total of 396 students were graduated for the 2015/2016 academic year out of with 60 obtained first class. 203 new entrants were also matriculated for various degree programs in the university.

EPUC which has two campuses with a student population of 1220 currently runs 12 programs in four schools.

Management of the University has also announced its preparedness to introduce MBA programs with satellite campuses at Accra, Bimbila, and Hohoe.

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