The Science Education Unit of the Ghana Education Service (GES) has inaugurated a network Association, which would be recognised by the GES and the Ministry of Education, to regulate and improve science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM).
Dr Angela Tena Mensah, the Acting Director of Secondary Education Division, GES, said the Association was mandated to demystify science at all levels of education to encourage students to develop interest in STEM.
She admonished Non-Governmental Organisations, which are members of the Association, not to operate in schools without the knowledge of the Science Education Unit. “We think we cannot do it all that is why you have to team up with us to ensure the child develops interest in science,’’ she said.
Dr Mensah urged the Unit to regulate the operations of every member of the Association and facilitate the GES’ monitoring mechanism at the district and regional levels to enhance service delivery.
“If we want to move along with the Ministry’s mandate that we are going to demystify science in the schools then we have to be partners to be able to play that role,’’ she told members of the Association.
She said the Government could not do it alone and so the participation and contributions of stakeholders, both locally and internationally, would significantly enhance the teaching and learning of science, making it simple and attractive to the child.
Mr Andrews K. Quaning, the Director of the Science Education Unit, said the Unit would put in place the structures, processes and mechanisms to regulate the operations of the Association for effective teaching and learning of STEM subjects, which would benefit both the teacher and the child.
He commended the continuous efforts by the stakeholders to making STEM attractive to pupils and assured them of the continuous supports of the Unit in their operations. Mr Godfred Brown, the Project Coordinator of Innovate Ghana, a member of the Association, said the major challenge of the NGO was funding and appealed to the Unit to help sustain its activities.
Innovate Ghana basically selects a few STEM students in the rural communities to identify a problem and develop solution through observation, conversation, experience and experiment.