A STEM school admission website for Ghanaian students to submit applications for enrollment into modern schools to be operationalised this academic year will be ready by next week, the Minister for Education said on Wednesday.
In an interview monitored by EducationWeb.com.gh, Dr Osei Yaw Adutwum said he has tasked his outfit to develop a portal that will enable parents to submit applications for their wards to be considered admission into the new schools.
“I have asked them to develop a website which will be ready by next week, parents have started applying, they have started submitting applications. Students will be selected randomly,” Adutwum told the host of the National Agenda.
According to him, a financial clearance in due course will be given to the Ministry of Education (MoE) for the Ghana Education Service (GES) to recruit more headmasters for the soon to be used STEM schools in the country.
The headmasters’, Dr Osei Adutwum indicated will ensure all the needed facilities including teaching materials are available in the various schools before effective academic activities commence early in this academic year.
The Teaching Minister last year in his STEM nation’s address said Science, technology, engineering, and mathematics schools will recruit staff with relevant skills and experience for effective implementation of STEM programmes.
Addressing the nation on STEM education on November 9, 2021, he said the school will also engage the services of specialists such as occupational therapists, counsellors, psychologists, special education officers among others.
Yaw 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.”