WHAT IS TECHNOLOGY

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THE CHALLENGES AND OPPORTUNITIES OF
TEACHING SCIENCE AND TECHNOLOGY
IN THE PRE UNIVERSITY SCHOOLS
BY
FAGIL MANDY
(EDUCATION CONSULTANT)
EMAIL: [email protected]
Website: www.famecon.co.ug
 MY BACKGROUND
 WHAT IS SCIENCE?
 WHAT IS TECHNOLOGY/ ENGINEERING?
 SUPPORTING PROGRAMS FOR THE DEVELOPMENT OF SCIENCE
AND TECHNOLOGY:
- National Industrial growth, Government policy of making
science subjects compulsory up to O level ,UPE &USE, PE &
Sports in schools, Support for Science based courses at
University
- SESEMAT
- Globalization
 CHALLENGES FACING THE TEACHING OF SCIENCE:
- Some misconceptions/ wrong attitudes : production jobs like
brick making are considered for failures, degrees and certificates
matter more than production, girls are not meant for Science,
science is for whites and very difficult
- Schooling without production
- Noninvolvement of the Environment in the teaching and
learning process.
- Failure to integrate the existing world of science into the school
system
- Emphasis on Examinations rather than learning and
transformation
- Few Science Teachers and misuse of the few ( Mungopacking)
- Un assertive scientists/ engineers
- Ill equipped teacher:
THE TEACHER NEEDS SUPPORT
DETAILS
SCORES
Reads
330
Researches
60
Innovates
60
Practices God`s wish
300
Keeps time
90
Listens to learners
330
Plans
330
Loves his or her country
30
Guides & Counsels
300
Inspires
240
Acts by example
180
Communicates effectively
210
Understands the learners
60
Adapts to changes
120
Evaluates
240
THE TEACHER NEEDS SUPPORT CONT`D
DETAILS
SCORES
Changes people
120
Controls his/ her emotions
270
Finds means for reliable income
90
Collects and edifies learners
60
Looks for new knowledge all the time
30
Practices honesty and integrity
120
TOTAL
3840
 SOLUTIONS
- Continue popularizing Government programs
- Document existing science and technology programs or
activities from outside and inside formal school
- Show the above programs popularly for mass appreciation
- Create Science Centers
- Arrange Science Fairs- quote NCS&T+ LOGEL PROJECT
- Mount science and technology Exhibitions Quote NCS&T
- Examine and adjust the training of the teacher(Quote findings
on inappropriateness about the teacher in TOP SECRETS OF
EDUCATING YOUR CHILD, Famecon 2009 page 108)
- Open popular universal sensitization and training of the
population
 OPPORTUNITIES
- Document existing science and technology programs or
activities from outside and inside formal school
- Emerging Common markets and Regional bodies
- Efforts towards African Union
- Common realization of a common challenge
- Emerging New World Powers: China, India, Brazil
- Existing old Friends like USA, BRITAIN
- Growing industrialization
- Existing Science Programs like SESEMAT in Uganda
- Universal sensitization and training of the population
- OTHER PARTNERS IN UGANDA (Secondary Science and
Mathematics Teachers Program (SESEMAT), National
Consultants, Ministry of Education (MoE), Uganda Manufactures
association, National Council for Science and Technology.
THANK YOU
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