Dr Yaw Osei Adutwum, the Minister for Education as part of the central government efforts to improve education with Science and Technology Sunday, January 2022 cut sod for the construction of Sawua STEM Senior High School.
The Education Minister in a post sighted by EducationWeb.com.gh said the Sawua Science Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) building when completed will be a 21st century Senior High School for STEM education.
“As part of the government’s agenda to leverage Science and Technology for socio-economic transformation, I cut the sod for the building of a Science Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) SHS in the Sawua,” he stated.
He in a televised national address on STEM education last year said the new STEM schools to be operationalised next academic year will recruit staff with relevant skills and experience for effective implementation of STEM programmes.
Dr Adutwum indicated that training of personnel for STEM education has commenced in earnest by some leading universities including the University of Cape Coast (UCC), KNUST, UNER, University of Mines and Technology (UMaT).
“The National Teaching Council (NTC) framework will ensure teachers are professionally trained and properly licensed to deliver STEM education to young Ghanaian children,” the Minister in charge of Education said in 2021.
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.”
The STEM curriculum, the Minister said will start in lower secondary school and remove the bottleneck of boxing students into a major at an early age and provide them with the opportunity to receive a well-rounded education.
“These pathways will include, environmental, science, Aeronautics, Aerospace and Aviation; Engineering and Computer science; Manufacturing (Manufacturing Engineering, Manufacturing Business), Agricultural science and creative arts.”
The Minister for Education also disclosed the central government this year will recruit headmasters/headmistresses for the STEM schools that are expected to start full operation when the next academic year begins in the year 2022.
“But what we are going to do is to frontload the Management aspect of it, begin the recruitment of STEM Headmasters so by August every school will have a headmaster,” Bosomtwe Member of Parliament stated in an interview.
The headmasters’, Dr Yaw Osei Adutwum said will ensure all the needed facilities including teaching materials are available in the school before effective academic activities commence in the 2022 academic year in January.