The Head of Public Administration and Health Services Management at the University of Ghana Business School, Prof. Justice Bawole, is admonishing industry to keenly monitor the National Science and Maths Quiz and identify some of the brilliant brains and support their growth.
Such persons, Prof. Bawole believes, could become important assets to industry if they are tracked and given the support they need to fully blossom.
“I’m actually waiting to see a time where industry will come in here and poach students and track then and invest in them and see them grow into adults in this field of science and mathematics,” Prof. Bawole advised Monday, June 11, 2018, ahead of the start of the 2018 National Science & Maths Quiz.
Some 137 Senior High Schools who emerged from regional qualifiers across the country, are participating in the national contest starting today on the campuses of the University of Ghana.
Prof. Justice Bawole
Speaking on the Super Morning Show on Joy FM from the RS Amegashie Auditorium, one of the venues for the contest, Prof. Bawole bemoaned the non-existence of a system to follow closely, some of the students who have shown quality brainpower since the competition began some 25 years ago.
The whereabouts of many of such persons are currently unknown, the Professor observed, wondering why the euphoria created during the contest ceases when the competitions are over.
“…should we just leave it at maths and science [quiz] and these brilliant students go, and [in] many cases we are not even able to trace where they are? Have we been able to find out where they have ended up [and] what they are doing [and] what support do we have for them?”
The Development Policy and Management expert acknowledges the dexterity with which the students answer questions is a manifestation the progress the country would be making if it commits to investing in the education of its young ones.
He told Show host Daniel Dadzie that: “the difference between developing and developed countries is the basically the difference of science…And so science and maths education is critical.”
“It is not incentivising enough for faculty to invest in individual students because you, [universities] you don’t have the budget in the first place [and] in many times you don’t have the time and if you have not been invested in before, you may not even realise the importance of investing in young people and therefore pick them up and [do] follow up,” he said.