Ghana’s Minister of Education, Dr. Yaw Osei Adutwum has disclosed that more teachers will be recruited to teach in STEM schools across the country for effective and efficient implementation of the programme. In addition to that, the schools will also engage the services of specialists such as Special Education Officers, Counsellors, Physical Therapist, etc.
Furthermore, teachers are being trained by some universities including the University of Cape Coast, Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology, uMaT and UENR for STEM schools. In addition to that, the National Teaching Council (NTC) is going to ensure that teachers are trained professionally and licensed to deliver STEM education to learners.
Speaking at the programme dubbed, “STEM Education For Economic Transformation” held at the Academic University College campus at Haatso, the Minister shed more light on the need for Ghana to implement STEM education. “Any country you go to, people are talking about STEM. STEM should occupy us.” he said.
As Ghana prepares to adopt Science Technology Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) education, Dr. Yaw mentioned that the implementation of STEM curriculum will start in lower secondary school to remove the bottleneck of boxing students into a major at an early age. He added that STEM education will also provide opportunity for students to receive a well-rounded education that will optimize their future career choices.
To achieve this, career pathways have been created for students after completing secondary education which includes Science, Aerospace and Aviation, Engineering and Computer Science, Manufacturing and Agricultural Science. Students enrolled in the twenty (20) STEM Schools (currently under construction in some senior high schools) will have the opportunity to learn Physics, Chemistry, Biology and Advanced Mathematics. These will increase Science Enrolment in the tertiary institutions. The STEM schools will be equipped with the state-of-the-art laboratories.
STEM education is a curriculum based interdisciplinary and integrated approach to teaching and learning based on four areas namely Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (STEM).
The objective of STEM education in Ghana is to increase the Gross Tertiary Enrollment Rate (GTER) from 18.84% to 40% by 2030. Furthermore, it will also create the critical mass of educated Ghanaians with appropriate skills for socio-economic transformation