Parliament Approves £76.9m For BSTEM

Dr. Matthew Opoku Prempeh – Education Minister

Parliament
has approved a loan facility of £76.9 million for the supply and installation
of educational equipment and training in Basic Science, Technology, Engineering
and Mathematics (BSTEM) Education.

The
BSTEM programme being pursued by the Akufo-Addo government
involves the expansion of science, technology, engineering and mathematics in
10 regional BSTEM offices, provision of Information and Communication
Technology (ICT) and STEM equipment, as well as training of junior high school
(JHS) and primary school teachers.

The
project, which is expected to take five years to complete, will introduce
engineering and technology education and effective pedagogy into the basic
education curriculum, introduce an investigative and inquiry-based approach to
BSTEM teaching in line with international best practices in the Ghanaian
curriculum and also allay fears of teaching and learning mathematics at the
basic level.

The
project will also provide all 38, 7155 JHSs, primary schools and kindergarten
schools with science and mathematics equipment. Besides, it will train 9,906
science and 9,905 mathematics teachers, including 14,665 primary and 14,145
kindergarten teachers within the basic educational curriculum.

According
to the chairman of Education Committee, Steven Siaka, the contractor would have
to make available to the Ministry of Education the recommended specifications
for the refurbishment of the BSTEM Centre.

He
explained that throughout the contract period, the supplier or the contractor
would assume responsibility for the purchase, supply, shipment, clearance and
delivery of equipment to the BSTEM in addition to all teaching and computer
equipment.

“The supplier would also manage the curriculum development, curriculum resources and training as well as all pre and post project advice, monitoring and evaluation of the project,” the chairman of the Education Committee said.

By Thomas Fosu Jnr



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