One hundred and twelve Senior High School (SHS) teachers have received practical training on Physics, Biology and Chemistry equipment, and learning materials to enhance effective teaching and learning of Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (STEM).
The training was necessitated after government supplied some 170 schools with practical learning materials and teaching equipment to stock their various Biology, Physics and Chemistry laboratories.
The intervention, according to Director of STEM Olivia Serwa Opare, is a deliberate government move under the auspices of the Minister of Education, Dr Yaw Osei Adutwum, and Director General of the Ghana Education Service, Prof Kwasi Opoku-Amankwa, to increase knowledge of Science teachers in the usage of modern science laboratory equipment.
Mrs Serwaa Opare further explained that the teachers after going through the practical usage of the ultra-modern science laboratory equipment, “will now go to various schools and will be abreast with the practical skills of operating science laboratory equipment to appropriately descend the knowledge unto the students to whip up the students’ interests in learning the Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (STEM)”.
STEM Education, at its core, simply means educating students in four specific disciplines, namely, Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (collectively shortened as STEM). STEM education better equips students to have a career and considering real-world applications.
The trainers’ training workshop, which was held at Opoku Ware School in Kumasi, afforded some lab technicians and science teachers the opportunity of hands-on training of ultra-modern science laboratory equipment and materials.
Speaking with some of the teachers who were still wrapping their heads around use of some lab equipment, one said “but for this workshop, I wouldn’t have physically seen this microscope”.
Another teacher also said: “This is my first time of seeing this lab equipment after teaching for over ten years, we always teach the students from the book so this is an eye opener”.
In general, most of the Science teachers were happy for the opportunity given and assured of effective impartation into the students to enhance STEM education.
In conclusion, Mrs Serwaa Opare assures of effective monitoring of teacher’s deliverables and evaluate to better inform the programme’s future initiatives.
By Nana Asenso Mensah|Akoma FM|3news.com|Ghana