Dr Yaw Osei Adutwum, Minister for Education as part of the government’s effort to sustain Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (STEM) education in the country says aviation and aerospace will be studied as a course in some Senior High Schools.
The Education Minister announced the piloting of the two courses during a visit to Afia Kobi Ampem Girls Senior High School, the first Senior High School in Ghana to develop a miniature aeroplane as part of its engineering endeavours.
Addressing the students at the school, Dr. Adutwum emphasised that the aviation and aerospace courses would not be offered merely as extracurricular activities, but rather as a formal academic program integrated into the curriculum.
“Next year, there are about 12 schools that will be offering aviation and aerospace courses, and, in their case, it is not going to be a club but an academic programme,” the Minister in Charge of Education told students of Afia Kobi.
The Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (STEM) advocate further highlighted that the new courses would supplement traditional subjects such as physics, chemistry, and advanced mathematics.
Commending the all-girls school for its innovative strides Adutwum said “This school is going to be transformed into a STEM school. They are doing some great things in the field of aviation and aerospace as pioneers at this level.”
Commenting on Afia Kobi’s introduction of the “drop everything and read” initiative, he said affirmed the government’s commitment to enhancing the school’s facilities to support academic excellence highlighting that a library would be provided to facilitate reading
“We are going to provide them a library so that they can do just that, and I have no doubt in my mind that five years from now this school will be one of the best in the country,” the Minister for Education, Osei Yaw Adutwum noted.
“We are going to provide them a library so that they can do just that, and I have no doubt in my mind that five years from now this school will be one of the best in the country,” the Minister told the Kumasi-based Girls school.
He assured that the Ministry of Education would support the transition to a more STEM-focused curriculum by providing resources such as a STEM lab. This lab would facilitate robotics and projects based on artificial intelligence.