60% of SHSS taken off double track system – Dr Yaw Osei Adutwum

Dr Yaw Osei Adutwum, Minister of Education, says 60% of Senior High Schools (SHSS) in the country have been taken off the double track system and are running on single track.

In light of the rising enrolment brought about by the Free SHS scheme, he stated the Ministry will see to it that all SHSS went back to the single-track system.

This was said by the Minister at the STEMNNOVATION competition’s opening ceremony, which took place at the Accra Technical Training Centre.

This nationwide competition encourages SHS and TVET students to design creative initiatives that have the potential to address social issues. The proposals must be grounded in Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (STEM).

This year’s event would have projects created along four areas, namely environmental sustainability, food sovereignty, sustainable energy and digital technologies.

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According to Dr. Adutwum, the government’s goal for education in the nation placed a high priority on creativity and inventions, which is why the competition was launched.

He declared that the government was dedicated to preparing students to lead the nation’s transformation programme as creators and innovators.

“We cannot memorise our way out of poverty, but we can innovate our way out of poverty. This is the reason the government is committed to transforming our education from learning by rote to one that creates emphasis on creativity and innovation,” he added.

The Minister said the Government was also transforming educational infrastructure in the areas of school buildings and classrooms, saying, “21st-century education must take place in 21st-century buildings.”

He urged business and corporate entities to collaborate with the Ministry in order to assist the STEM innovations being developed by the students.

Since its inception in 2022, this year’s STEMNNOVATION competition is the third in a row. Kumasi Academy in the Ashanti Region won the competition’s inaugural edition, while Ahafoman Senior won its second.

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