Minister urges support for education transformation agenda
The Education Minister, Dr Yaw Osei Adutwum, has encouraged Ghanaians to keep their hopes high and support the transformation agenda.
“With this, together we can one day sit back and say that although there were challenging times, we worked together to overcome them,” he stated.
He explained that the various economic interventions and education reforms, which are being implemented in the country, would soon lead to the transformation of the nation's economy.
Dr Adutwum announced this when he delivered an address at the 65th Speech and Prize-giving Day of Okuapemman Senior High School (SHS) at Akuapem Akropong in the Eastern Region.
The event had the theme: "Sustaining quality inclusive education in Ghana: The role of technology and infrastructure."
Dr Adutwum, commenting on the theme for the occasion, said the theme rightly connected with the vision of President Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo in improving inclusive quality education for the socio-economic transformation of the nation.
He congratulated the management, staff, alumni and entire student body of the school on their roles played over the years leading to the attainment of a great feat chalked up so far.
The minister indicated that due to the lack of sufficient relevant 21st Century skills anchored in science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) among the current and future generations, it behoved the nation to ensure that Ghanaian children also participated fully in the fourth industrial revolution.
He explained that to deliver the finest possible STEM education, the government was building 10 STEM SHS in addition to extensively restructuring many SHS across the country with the necessary learning instruments in the laboratories and classrooms.
Dr Adutwum stated that the construction of the Accra STEM academy was another government initiative which would provide instruction in problem-solving, creativity, communication, collaboration, data literacy, digital literacy and computer science to students in kindergarten through high school.
The Headmaster of Okuapemman School, Rev. Richard Koranteng Afari, praised the government for the great effort it had been making towards improving the infrastructure in the school as well as other support to the school.
He recounted the various efforts made by the government through the Ministry of Education and GeTFund to expand the school's physical infrastructure and facilities to accommodate the increased number of admitted students.
The Headmaster said "in fulfilment of the President's promise during our 60th anniversary, a newly refurbished and equipped state-of-the-art science laboratory is near completion.
Rev. Koranteng Afari enumerated some of the challenges confronting the school as the poor roads, which had been affecting the easy movement by both teachers and students, inadequate classroom facilities leading to congestion, poor library and Information and Communications Technology laboratory facilities.