The Association of Ghana Industries (AGI) has eulogised Minister for Education, Dr Yaw Osei Adutwum for his frantic effort towards the development of Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (STEM) education in the country.
Mr Seth Twum Akwaboah, the Chief Executive Officer of AGI at the 2nd edition of the STEM Promotion Roadshow said STEM was the surest way of equipping the nation’s youth with essential skills and also positions the nation to compete in the global landscape of innovation and technology.
Mr Twum Akwaboah pledged that the Association of Ghana Industries (AGI) would collaborate with the Ministry of Education (MoE) and other stakeholders to promote STEM education in the country.
He was upbeat that when many youth study STEM-related courses, it would go a long way to reduce the invitation of expatriates to handle certain critical jobs in the country, especially in the Oil and Gas sector, the manufacturing engineering among others.
Reacting to AGI’s comment, the Education Minister, Dr Yaw Osei Adutwum, stated that his passion for STEM education was due to the impact it has made in other parts of the world leading to the transformation of their economies.
The Education Minister appealed to students, parents, opinion leaders and society in general to encourage their children to develop an interest in the STEM education space since that was what the global job market was focusing on.
Dr Adutwum hinted at plans to introduce aviation and aerospace programs in 12 Senior High Schools next academic year describing it as a strategic move to equip Ghanaian students with the essential skills and knowledge required to excel in the ever-evolving world of STEM disciplines.
The spokesperson for the central government, Mr Kojo Oppong Nkrumah on his part emphasized the importance of building a self-sustaining ecosystem for producing and servicing what we produce within the country.
The Information Minister said the government was focused on investing in STEM education in the country and by this investment, the government seeks to build an expanded pool of professionals who can build the various things we find all around us.
The Minister for Information also lauded the Minister in Charge of Education, Dr Yaw Osei Adutwum for his interest in the STEM field which keeps igniting his passion towards getting the best in that sector.