Akufo-Addo to cut sod for 21st century Accra STEM academy

President Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo on Wednesday, January 12, 2022, will cut sod for the construction of Accra STEM academy, a project the Ministry of Education (MoE) has described as the country’s 21st-century school.

The forthcoming sod-cutting ceremony of the Accra-based STEM school the Education Ministry in a post sighted by EducationWeb.com.gh said will be televised live on various social media platforms including Facebook.

“The Ministry of Education (MoE) is prioritising STEM education to train globally competitive students,” the Minister for Education and Member of Parliament for Bosomtwe Constituency Dr Yaw Osei Adutwum 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.

Dr Yaw Adutwum as part of the Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo government efforts to improve STEM education in the country Sunday, January 2022 cut sod for the construction of Sawua STEM Senior High School.

“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 on Sunday.

In a televised national address on STEM education last year, he said the new STEM schools to be operationalised this academic year will recruit staff with relevant skills and experience for effective implementation of STEM programmes.

Mr Yaw Osei 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 Education Minister told Ghanaians 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.”

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 teaching Minister 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.

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