The Minister for Education, Dr Yaw Osei Adutwum says the soon to be constructed Accra STEM Academy when completed will equip 2,000 students with 21st-century skills to effectively participate in the fourth industrial revolution.
Dr Osei Adutwum disclosed this on Wednesday, January 12, 2022, when he joined President Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo to cut sod for the Accra-based Science, technology, engineering, and mathematics school.
“With an expected student population of 2000, the STEM Academy will equip students with 21st-century skills to effectively participate in the fourth industrial revolution,” the Education Minister said at the sod-cutting ceremony.
The Accra STEM Academy, the Bosomtwe Member of Parliament said adds to the 20 STEM centres and 10 STEM Senior High Schools currently being built across the country, some of which will be operationalized this 2022 academic year.
“I am glad about the progress we are making in prioritizing Science, technology, engineering & mathematics Education to integrate relevant academic content with experiences that nurture the skills and mindsets of Ghanaian learners
The Ministry of Education (MoE) under the auspices of the Government of Ghana (GoG) is prioritising STEM education to train globally competitive students,” the Minister in charge of education in the country said on Sunday.
According to the Minister, the 21st century Science Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) Senior High School when completed will have a science laboratory, canteen, library, washrooms, sickbay and multi-purpose hall.
In a televised address on STEM education last year, Mr Adutwum disclosed leading universities including the University of Cape Coast (UCC), KNUST, UNER and UMaT have commenced training of personnel for STEM education.
“The National Teaching Council (NTC) framework will ensure teachers are professionally trained and properly licensed to deliver STEM education to young Ghanaian children,” the Education Minister stated in his televised address.
Mr Yaw Adutwum added that “our STEM programme will also address regional, rural-urban, and socioeconomic disparities. Disparities exist between the north and southern parts of the country in terms of educational outcomes.”