The Minister of Education, Dr Yaw Osei Adutwum, has emphasized the crucial role of Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (STEM) education in Ghana’s development. According to Dr Adutwum, the government’s significant investment in this sector highlights its importance. He also challenged future Ministers of Education not to attempt to stop STEM education, as it would be at their own peril.
“We have sown seeds that will be generated in the coming years. The foundation that we have laid for STEM won’t change, you change STEM at your own peril. The President is an education transformer, and every foundation he laid should be built upon,” Dr Adutwum said.
STEM education, he explaines, produces critical thinkers and problem solvers, which is why the Akufo-Addo administration has invested heavily in this area. STEM education goes beyond memorizing theories, as it encourages students to think critically in problem-solving.
In an interview with TV3’s Roland Walker, on the Big Issue on Friday, February 17, the Minister of Education said that the Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics is not just science, mathematics, engineering, but problem-solving.
He added that the only subjects that cannot be memorized but it requires critical thinking are science, technology, engineering, and mathematics which will help Ghana’s youth acquire the skills needed for the country’s progress in the fourth industrial revolution.