Cabinet has given approval for two initiatives aimed at boosting Science Technology, Engineering and Maths (STEM) across basic and senior high education levels in Ghana.
The first is the construction, provision of equipment and training of trainers for regional Science Technology Engineering Arts and Mathematics Centre’s for SHS System.
Information Minister, Kojo Oppong Nkrumah, at a briefing in Accra said, the project which is budgeted at 88million cedis is a school-based interactive science and technology learning centre, which would provide practical approaches towards learning in Senior High Schools.
Mr. Nkrumah said the overall aim of the project is to enrich the academic contents offered by formal training in STEM.
He disclosed that the first phase will comprise 10 Centres at 88million and the second phase of six additional centres will be built and is expected to be completed within two years upon receipt of Parliamentary approval and disbursement of funds.
He indicated that building on a successful pilot program conducted in 2008 with 100 JHS teachers, the BSTEM program is aimed at developing the teaching of science and maths to better prepare teachers to impart practical and problem-solving skills to pupils and increasing science and maths participation at the SHS levels.
“It is expected that the two initiatives will significantly improve the teaching and learning of science and maths in our schools and in so doing improve the analytics and problem-solving skills of our young ones in the medium to long term,” he ended.