Deputy Education Minister in charge of Basic & Secondary Education, Dr Yaw Osei Adutwum has encouraged schools across the country to take up UCMAS.
According to Dr Adutwum, this will not only eradicate the phobia for maths among students but also increase their confidence to help them compete on a global scale.
Speaking at a congratulatory ceremony for some Ghanaian students who excelled at a global UCMAS competition in Cambodia, Dr Adutwum said the concept of UCMAS is critical to the transformation of education in the country.
He said: “What you are doing, through UCMAS, is commendable; commendable at several fronts. We are living in a world where education is not a piece of the puzzle when you are talking about transformation, it is the whole puzzle. You either educate or perish…When we have great visions like UCMAS, we can transform our nation, we can transform our communities.”
For his part, Majority Leader and Minister of Parliamentary Affairs, Osei Kyei-Mensah-Bonsu, whose daughter was one of the award winners, lauded the management of UCMAS, saying it has assumed a significant role in the STEM education which the government is currently championing.
The General Manager of UCMAS Ghana Limited, Joseph Nunoo, who led the team to Cambodia for the competition, while outlining the numerous benefits of taking up UCMAS, charged parents to allow their wards to partake in the brain development programme.
“UCMAS competitions are important for all our children and a must for them as it exposes them to a lot of learning and skills development and also challenges their brain. All our competitions are designed to ensure that while they are practising and learning the programme at school or home, they must also exhibit it during their participation in all our competitions,” he stated.