The Science Challenge held to attract students to the STEM (science, technology, engineering, and mathematics) subjects saw the participation of students from eight different primary schools.
While officiating at the event this afternoon at the Vodafone Arena, the Minister for Education, Heritage and Arts, Hon. Rosy Akbar said, “We need to address our skills shortage and promote the study to work in one of those areas which will certainly lead to employment”.
“The challenge aims to inspire students to consider a future career in science and engineering by choosing to study subjects such as Maths, Physics, Chemistry, and Engineering in Secondary School.”
Minister Akbar added that they plan to take complete ownership of this interesting program through the universities.
“Our Ministry is supportive of this program for more students to be educated in STEM.”
“We are relooking at Careers Counselling and Awareness. We want to provide more opportunities for girls in STEM education.”
“School leaders have a strong role to play in enforcing the paradigm shift and changing the outlook and approach towards STEM classes in general.”
Minister Akbar also said during the challenge students will experience aspects of science and engineering which they would not usually see in their school environment.
“Students will experience that science and engineering involve creativity, innovation, problem solving and teamwork.”
The event is being piloted in 8 primary and 8 secondary schools selected from the Suva district.
The schools are Marist Brothers Primary, Nehru Primary, Gospel Primary, Suva Primary, Suva Muslim, Vashist Muni Primary, Rampur Primary, and Rishikul Primary.
Only primary schools part took in the sessions today while the secondary schools will participate in the challenge session tomorrow.