We’re training 9,000 STEM teachers-Prez discloses as NSMQ winners present trophy to him
President Akufo-Addo has disclosed that the government is training 9000 basic schoolteachers across the country as part of efforts to improve the teaching of science, technology, innovation, and mathematics (STEM).
Aside from that, 4,400 basic schools across the country are being equipped with STEM teaching aids.
The president disclosed this on Wednesday when he hosted the Presbyterian Senior High School (PRESEC), winners of the 2020 National Science and Maths Quiz (NSMQ), to the Jubilee House.
He indicated that the construction of 20 STEM centres across the country would commence soon with the project also including, the supply and installation of educational equipment and training of teachers and instructors.
“The Ministry of Education and Ministry of Environment, Science, Technology, and innovation have stepped up efforts to develop a potent science, technology, innovation and mathematics (STEM) education model for Ghana that will stimulate the interest of pupils and students in engineering, science and technology right from the basic level.
“It is the aim of the government to roll more science students so as to achieve our initial target of 60 percent science students in our technical institutions,” President Akufo-Addo said.
He commended the school for winning the trophy saying he was proud because beneficiaries of the free senior school were those that represented the school.
“The Odadee impressed the whole nation with their performance in the competition. You were second last year and you have gone a step further this year to the ultimate position. So, I applaud the contestants Isaac Kofi Gyamfi, Benjamin Nketiah and perhaps the most famous of them all Daniel Kekeli Gakpetor and the reserved player, Faith Cyril, for ensuring trophy number six came finally to PRESEC.
“Indeed having gone nearly a decade without winning a trophy, it is entirely fitting that the Akufo-Addo graduands i.e. the first batch of beneficiaries of the Free SHS policy were the once to have ended PRESEC trophy drought. So, I also share in your success,” he said.
“Indeed, winning the sixth title means that you are now the undisputed kings of the national science and maths quiz. As an honorary Odadee, I am proud of this achievement,” he added.