….As Current Sc. Lab Is Housed In A Death Trap
The Head Mistress of the Odorgono Senior High School (Great OSSAH), Dr. Mrs. Shine Ofori has lamented that for fear of Gas explosion the school is denied of the opportunity for a new science laboratory (lab) for the teaching of science.
The school’s current science lab is housed in a “death trap” structure which forces the school to always move the equipments to and fro the classroom to carry out with irregular science practicals.
According to Dr. Mrs. Shine Ofori, CUMMINS Corporate Ghana, a US and South Africa based institution promised to demolish this dangerous old structure for a new one to be constructed, holding on for fear of Gas explosion one day from a Gas Filling Station, Arcadian Gas (aka Odorgono Gas) right behind the science lab.
The Head Mistress, in an interview with GhanaNewsonline.com was also of the view that CUMMINS Corporate Ghana, who brought down some officials from the US and South Africa to help the school, changed their minds following the recent rampant fire outbreaks from some of the Gas/fuel stations in the country.
She further hinted this paper on the sideline of the last celebration of World Science Day, organized by the Ghana United Nations Association on the theme, “Peace and Development” in Accra, and celebrated it with the Odorgono Senior School.
Dr. Mrs. Shine Ofori further disclosed the school only takes the 3rd year students through the science practicals in a classroom due to lack science laboratory.
“…students must start proper and regular science practicals immediately they step in the classroom as first year students, so as to prepare them well in their science subjects; but doing practicals only when they are in their final year, ie. form three (3) is not proper”, she lamented.
She also told this Reporter that since she stepped in the school some two years ago, her outfit also wrote to Education Ministry, Ga Central Municipal Assembly and other concern authorities about the condition of the school’s science lab and need for a new one, but to no avail.
Adding, she revealed that writing to the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), now under the Ministry of Environment to take action for the Odorgono Gas to relocate for the safety of the school, the EPA rather granted the Gas station behind school’s science lab, another three years permit to the detriment of the school. This, she bemoaned has disappointed her and the entire school.
Dr. Mrs. Shine Ofori said if CUMMINS Corporate Ghana had constructed the promised 4 science lab blocks – Physics, Chemistry, Biology and Agricultural Science, the over 800 students reading these science subjects it would have been wonderful; “…but you do not have science lab to take the students through, and this would adversely affects their performance”, she posited.
On his part, the Secretary General of Ghana United Nations Association (GUNA), Mr. Chris Pardie, said science plays significant role in human endeavour – in the area of various medicines; agriculture; for industrial purposes amongst many others, but it also has evil side, ie. all kinds of weapon of mass destruction.
He informed the participants that aside the good side, a number of medicines science produce, has the tendencies to destroy certain human organs, like kidney, when one abuses medicine such as paracetamol.
GUNA also celebrated the young SHS female students who by virtue of science used urine with some other additives to power a generator to produce electricity for 7 hours. To this end, the Secretary General, Mr. Pardie urged the Odorgono students to take their studies seriously.
He added that science is the backbone of development of every country, so any country that relegate science and technology to the background, is risking the well being of that country. Mr. Pardie hinted a research findings indicated that countries that rode on the back of science develop beyond human imagination.
On this note, GUNA called on government and corporate bodies to help organize more of mathematics and science fares in the Ghana as another innovative way of bring about development in the country. “…is high time government stop talking and develop the country”, GUNA charged.
GUNA Youth Affairs National Secretary, Comrade Sammy Ojo Bamidele, in an interview opined that is high time governments in Africa thinks about the youth of their countries, because they are billed to take-over the leadership of their countries one day, hence, the need they are well educated to enable them run the affairs of their various countries well.
He expressed his disappointment that a high school such as Odorgono Senior High School has no proper science laboratory to teach students proper science so as to compete with others who are having well equipped science lab.