GES begins training of teachers to teach STEM at secondary level

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The Management of the Ghana Education Service (GES) has been training teachers across the country for the purpose to teach STEM at the public secondary school level, the Ministry of Education (MoE) has said in a rejoinder letter.

The Education Ministry in the rejoinder release sighted by EducationWeb said the Ghana Education Service recently trained about 68 science teachers and Lab Technicians drawn from 17 public Senior High Schools in the country.

“The Ghana Education Service (GES) has also recently recruited about 600 Information Technology Coordinators, all in a bid to promote the study of STEM through the integration of technology,” the Ministry in charge of Education stated.

The Ministry of Education (MoE) rejoinder comes after Prof Rose Emma Mamaa Entsua-Mensah in her open letter to the Minister for Education asked if teachers have been trained for the soon to be operationalized STEM schools.

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In her letter, she also entreated the central government to pay the teachers to be recruited and trained as the government STEM school teachers well for them effectively teach students all that they need to know about STEM.

“The teachers in the system need to be given refresher courses as we are in the era of artificial intelligence, robotics, biotechnology and Nano technology,” Prof Rose Emma Enstua-Mensah noted in her viral open letter to Mr Adutwum.

But, the Ministry of Education (MoE) under the auspices of the government in its rejoinder indicated Laboratory equipment has already been supplied to at least 165 schools and teachers have been trained to use this equipment.

“As part of the ongoing STEM program, 470 Science Laboratories and 700 Computer Labs will be built with Belgium Government funding facilitated by Televic as well as World Bank Funding under the e-transform program,” It noted.

Meanwhile, the Deputy Minister for Education, Reverend John Ntim Fordjour has described misleading and false local media reports indicating his outfit has commenced the recruitment of headmasters for the STEM schools.

His comment comes after the President of the National Association of Graduate Teachers (NAGRAT), Angel Carbonu called on the Ministry to withdraw an advertisement inviting applicants to apply to be heads of the STEM schools.

But in a statement copied to EducationWeb, Mr John Ntim Fordjour said his outfit has not advertised for recruitment of headmasters for the soon to be operationalised STEM Schools nor any other public school for that matter.

 

“The appointment of heads of schools are the prerogative of GES and for the record, it is the understanding of the MoE that GES had not published any such advert as purported by NAGRAT in their press conference,” Hon Ntim stated.

educationweb.com.gh

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