South East Education Division has thrown its weight behind calls to make science subjects a priority in schools, arguing that the sector remains key to the country’s socio-economic growth.
The division’s education manager MacAuden Msakatiza said this on Monday in Zomba during a science caravan hosted at St Anthony Community Day Secondary School at Thondwe.
The event, which was dominated by various science exhibitions by secondary schools from the region, was organised as part of this year’s Africa Science Week commemoration.
Said Msakatiza: “Embracing science is the way to go. The significance of the sciences cannot be overemphasised. There is, therefore, an urgent need to ensure that we come up with deliberate policies in supporting our young scientists. This has to start right in schools, during one’s learning infancy.”
He said learners need to be taught or empowered on how to learn and enjoy the sciences.
In a separate interview, University of Malawi’s Chancellor College-based statistician Fiskani Kondowe, who was among the organisers, said they were satisfied with the event.
“In fact, it has surpassed our imagination. We were overwhelmed by the overwhelming response from the various stakeholders, including the schools themselves. We can only hope to grow from strength to strength,” she said.
The Africa Science Week is an annual event aimed at celebrating the sciences and is coordinated in the region by the Next Einstein Forum (NEF).
NEF is an initiative of the African Institute for Mathematical Sciences in partnership with Robert Bosch Stiftung.
Other schools that participated in the caravan included Malosa, Mangochi, Balaka, Tilire and Namadidi secondary schools.