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The Ministry of Education Science and Technology has said it will strive to ensure that science teachers in secondary schools are well equipped with skills and knowledge to improve science education in the country.

Minister responsible William Susuwele Banda Monday underscored the significance of Science education in the development of the country.

He made the remarks when he opened a training workshop in Kasungu for over 200 secondary school Science and Mathematics teachers on the revised secondary school curriculum under the Equity with Quality Learning at Secondary project.

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“We all know that sciences are critical and as Malawi we also focus on sciences so much but it does not undermine the rest of the subjects. If teachers experience problem in teaching, they transfer the same to learners and at the end, the performance of learners cannot improve,” Banda said.

He added that his ministry is facilitating re-orientation of the teachers to address gaps that were found after a series of trainings on the new curriculum.

The minister said apart from training the teachers, having enough teaching apparatus and infrastructure is also critical to improve performance among learners.

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“We have been trying to also improve our laboratories in schools to make sure that they have equipment for teachers to effectively deliver,” he said.

One of the participants, Jennifer Mpunga Majamanda of Loyola Jesuit Secondary School, hailed the ministry for the training.

“It will help us solve difficult science problems and that will enable us to deliver effectively to our students. Science is advancing, hence we need to get quipped and align ourselves with the curriculum,” Majamanda said.

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