Akufo-Addo cuts sod for ¢32m Accra STEM academy

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President Akufo-Addo, on Wednesday, January 12, 2022, cut the sod for the construction of the Accra STEM Academy, a school, dedicated, principally, to the teaching and learning of Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (STEM).

The Academy, which will be completed within the next twenty-four (24) months, will be from kindergarten to high school, with an expected population of some two thousand students.

It will have a number of state-of-the-art facilities, including a four-storey classroom block, science laboratories, a sickbay, administrative area, staff common room, library, washrooms, canteen, and a one thousand five hundred capacity multi-purpose hall.

According to President Akufo-Addo, the Accra STEM Academy, being constructed at a cost of thirty-two million cedis, will equip learners from kindergarten to senior high school with 21st century skills in problem-solving, creativity, communication, collaboration, data literacy, digital literacy, and computer science.

“In addition, the Accra STEM Academy will be a place where learners in junior high school will be provided with the options of learning basic engineering, manufacturing, and global studies to help them make informed decisions on their preferred programmes of choice at the senior high school level,” he said

For example, he explained that Ghana must increase her Gross Tertiary Enrolment Ratio (GTER) from the current 18.84% to 40% by 2030, adding that “in accordance with Government’s Education Strategic Plan (ESP), targeted at increasing our science to humanities ratio from the current ratio of forty to sixty to the desired sixty to forty in favour of science, the government is repositioning our education system, anchored on STEM Education”.

As part of the Government’s commitment to the advancement of STEM education in the country, President Akufo-Addo stated that his administration has commenced the development of 20 STEM Centres and 10 model STEM Senior High schools across the country, which are at various stages of completion.


“Some of these schools will be operationalized this year. These institutions and centres will be fitted with state-of-the-art equipment and laboratories to facilitate teaching and learning in all areas of study, including artificial intelligence and robotics,” he added.

Describing the Accra STEM Academy as a Ghana project, the President was confident that Ghana’s young people are going to acquire skills that would put them at par with their peers anywhere in the world.

“I expect parents and students to take advantage of this facility’s opportunities, and enroll in this STEM Academy. The government is committed to accelerating STEM education in Ghana, to train students with cutting-edge 21st century skills. God-willing, within the next twenty-four (24) months, we will all be back here to witness the commissioning of the Accra STEM Academy,” he noted.

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This is a good initiative and I pray it serves the purpose for which its to be built. STEM is the future.

Glad theyre focusing on stem. small pet peeve but the building is kind of ugly lol. I wish they’d be more creative, they could have been much more inspired with the design.

They need to be applauded for this but I’m hoping the ordinary Ghanaian won’t be deprived from enrolling in such schools. This is Ghana and I know what we’re capable of doing.

I think it’s Bawumia’s idea. I’m kidding lol

Lol, to me, it’s about the vision and mission of the structure but not the structure :rofl:

Some of us went to schools built with palm branch classrooms but still managed to move out the cocoon of failing students so…:stuck_out_tongue_winking_eye::stuck_out_tongue:

OK, good they want to focus on STEM but all of this makes no sense, there are projects that have not been completed and they are starting new ones. Does anyone think this is progress? :woozy_face:

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It feels like everyday theyre introducing new projects, but how many get completed? we can look around and see how much progress is being made, smh.

I hear you, but still, if you’re putting all of this money into such a big project, why not build something attractive that also adds to the overall landscape? architecture and design might not be the most important thing, but i still think it matters.

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