Government promotes STEM in schools

BY: Kwadwo Baffoe Donkor
Dr Yaw Osei Adutwum interacting with the National Science and Maths Quiz winners from Prempeh College in Kumasi during the visit
Dr Yaw Osei Adutwum interacting with the National Science and Maths Quiz winners from Prempeh College in Kumasi during the visit

The government is embarking on a vigorous expansion programme of Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) courses in the country.

That is part of efforts to promote the teaching and learning of STEM at all levels of the education sector in the country.

The Minister of Education, Dr Yaw Osei Adutwum, who said this, added that frantic efforts were being made by the government to boost the teaching and learning of STEM-based courses.

Tour

Speaking during a visit to some selected senior high schools in the Ashanti Region, he said that was expected to cover all levels of the educational sector to train the needed manpower to spearhead the industrialisation drive of the country

The schools visited were Prempeh College, Kumasi Girls SHS, Opoku Ware SHS and the Islamic SHS, all in Kumasi.

The visit, which was unannounced, formed part of his monitoring activities in schools across the country.

STEM schools

According to him, the provision for the construction of 35 STEM senior high schools (SHS) and five STEM-based universities in five of the new regions in the 2022 budget were part of the effort by the government to increase the intake of students into fields which held the key to the industrialisation of a country.

Dr Adutwum also said that there was provision in the budget for the refurbishment of all science laboratories in all SHSs in the country to boost the teaching and learning of science in all schools irrespective of location in the country.

He was upbeat that with the current state of development in schools, many students across the country could have access to STEM-based education without any difficulty.

He assured the staff and management of the schools of the government’s readiness to provide them with the right resources at all times to ensure that they had what they needed to enhance teaching and learning.