The Minister for Education, Dr Yaw Osei Adutwum says plans are far advanced for the central government to extend the current 3-year secondary education system to a 6-year term in a bid to improve STEM education in the country.
Hon Yaw Adutwum speaking to the media on Tuesday said the move forms part of the government efforts to transform the country’s secondary education with Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM).
The Education Minister and Member of Parliament for Bosomtwe Constituency also disclosed the number of Senior High Schools in the country will be reduced from 13,000 to about 2,5000 after the new education reform in 2023.
“That facilities we are providing is just like any high school facility and every one of these schools has library, biology, chemistry and physics lab. Beautiful school buildings and they are coming to a community near you very soon
“In 2023 when we open those schools you are going to see how we are going to provide six years quality secondary education and not three years plus some 3 years old middle school-led education that we call high school,” he noted.
He in a televised address monitored by EducationWeb.com.gh also said the new STEM schools to be operationalised in 2022 will recruit staff with relevant skills and experience for effective implementation of STEM programmes.
Addressing the nation on STEM education on Monday, Dr Adutwum said the school will also engage the services of specialists such as occupational therapists, counsellors, psychologists, special education officers among others.
He said training of personnel for STEM education has commenced in earnest by some leading universities in the country 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 stated at the event.
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.”