National Commission for Science and Technology (NCST) has asked girls in secondary schools to take up science subjects.
Speaking during a motivational talk to learners at Katoto Secondary School in Mzuzu on Wednesday, NCST chief documentation and information services officer Hambani Gausi said the country is making strides in producing scientists although there are disparities in numbers between men and women.
“The programme is now bearing fruits because more girls are taking science subjects than when we started the programme in 2011,” he said.
Gausi said the organisation has held motivational talks in different schools where it parades role models.
NCST has already conducted such in eight schools in the Northern Region and plans to hold similar talks in about 15 schools in the Southern Region and another 15 in the Central Region.
In her remarks, a medical doctor at Mzuzu Central Hospital, Ambele Kuyokwa, encouraged the girls to put much effort in science subjects.
She said girls lack the confidence to take up sciences; hence, the talk will motivate to instill confidence in them.
“I want the girls to look at me as a model and we are here to dismiss that science is hard and that girls are intellectually not able to take up sciences as boys do,” Kuyokwa said.
A Form Three girl, Hilda Mziya said she was inspired to become a surgeon .