In a ceremony held recently on the premises of the National Vocational Training Institute’s Headquarters at East Legon, near Accra, President Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo cut the sod for the construction of the first ultramodern Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (STEM) academy in Ghana.
The project, which is the driver project of the government’s vision to reposition the West African Country’s educational system in a bid to produce skilled students that will speed up the nation’s technological advancement, is expected to be completed in 24 months at a cost of GHc32 million.
The facility will comprise a 4-storey classroom block with a total of 28 classrooms, 14 science laboratories that have prep rooms, and a library.
It will also have an administrative block with an office for the headmaster/headmistress, two offices for assistant heads, an accounts office, a book store, and a staff common room, in addition to a reception area, a sickbay, a multipurpose 1,500 capacity hall, a canteen, washrooms, and a store.
Commitment to advancement of STEM education in the country
Speaking at the ceremony, President Akufo-Addo said that his government was keen on improving STEM education in the country because it (STEM education) is central to the nation’s development.
“We have already commenced the development of 20 STEM centers and 10 model STEM senior high schools across the country, which are at various stages of completion.
Some of these schools, fitted with state-of-the-art equipment and laboratory to facilitate teaching and learning in all areas of study, including artificial intelligence and robots, will be operational by the end of this year,” affirmed the president.