The government is set to operationalise six Science, Technology Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) schools for the 2022/2023 academic year, the Minister of Education, Dr Yaw Osei Adutwum, has announced.
The six schools located at Abomosu in the Eastern Region, Kpasenkpe in the North East Region, Awaso in the Western North Region, Bosomtwe in the Ashanti Region and two in Accra in the Greater Accra formed part of the 10 STEM schools budgeted for in the 2022 budget.
In all the government intends to establish 35 of such schools across country over the long term and they are expected to serve as the new pathway for the teaching and learning of science education in the country.
Addressing the media in Accra yesterday, the Minister said in addition to the operationalisation of the six schools, four more community day senior high schools popularly referred to as E-block schools would also be operationalised.
He explained that the government was leaving no stone unturned in transforming education in the country to bring it to a level where it could serve the needs of the 21st century.
Dr Adutwum said the new STEM schools would all possess state-of-the-art facilities with well equipped laboratories to practicalise the teaching and learning of science in the country.
He said the government had embarked on a number of reforms which would deliver the outcomes that would lead to the transformation of the socio-economic development of the country.
Further he noted that the Ministry would continue to engage the leadership of the University Teachers Association of Ghana (UTAG) to bring the current strike to an end.
He said the government would not renege on its pledge to improve the welfare of teachers in the country since that constituted the foundation of the transformational agenda of the country.
He pledged to continue to engage all stakeholders in order to get all Ghanaians involved in the transformation of the educational sector for the development of the country.
BY CLIFF EKUFUL