Open STEM Africa, a science-based educational initiative has been launched to help promote and encourage Senior Secondary student’s interest in Science. This initiative is a collaboration between the Ministry of Education in partnership with the Open University, United Kingdom.
The aim of this initiative is to promote the effective teaching of practical science in Senior High Schools (SHS). Furthermore, it also aimed at improving practical teaching and learning of science and in particular, provide support for underqualified or inexperienced science teachers, in line with the Government of Ghana’s education policy.
The Minister in charge of tertiary education Prof. Kwesi Yankah, in his address, said the Ministry in collaboration with the Science Education Unit of the Ghana Education Service (GES) has identified the first set of instrument for the Ghana virtual lab and it is being created.
He further indicated that the programme makes provision for professional support for curriculum leaders to enable them effectively implement long-term strategies to improve teaching and learning in the sciences with a particular focus on ICT-based practical science in their schools.
The module includes a virtual laboratory, “Ghana Virtual Lab, a set of on-screen science instrument built using real data with examples of science lessons to improve the experimental teaching and learning of science in SHS.
This will bring the Ghana virtual lab and associated resources to at least 148 SEIP schools and many SHS science students will benefit from the opportunity to engage in practical science experiment where they can practice to improve their skills.
Deputy Minister of Education in charge of secondary education, Dr Yaw Osei Adutwum also encouraged the team to include continuity and counselling in the model, adding that it is important for the students to be guided as well as mentored as they pursue the various courses in science education.
Source: Daily Guide