Saltpond Methodist Basic School prioritizes STEM studies

Saltpond (C/R)- Authorities at the Wilson B. Methodist Basic School in Saltpond have taken steps to improve the teaching and learning of Science, Technology and Mathematics (STEM) as part of efforts to encourage young pupils to build strong foundations.

The measures included motivation and awards to teachers and students who excel in the subjects while paying visits to institutions and agencies associated with STEM to bring into practice the theories learnt.

Additionally, ‘after school mathematics and reading groups’ with effective supervision and monitoring mechanisms would be established to help students interpret information, expand their vocabularies and enhance reading and writing.

Speaking at the school’s Speech and Prize Giving/Graduation Day held on Friday at Saltpond, Ms Kate Ivy Wilson, the Head Teacher of the School said the initiatives were to compliment the efforts by Government to foster students interest in studying STEM programmes.

It was held under the theme: Sustaining our Wesleyan educational gains in our school through effective stewardship.”

Ms Wilson said Government has developed National Science, Technology and Innovation (STI) policy to facilitate the mastering of scientific and technological capabilities of the citizenry, and to create the conditions for the improvement of science and technological infrastructure for research and development innovations.

“We are aware of the crucial role science and technology plays all over the world as major tools for rapid social and economic development and will do everything to provide sustainable access to and use of technology to enhance teaching and learning,” she said.

To that end, she called on the public to embrace science and technology as a core strategy for technological advancement and industrial development to solve the country’s vicious cycle of poverty and unemployment.

Ms William reiterated the need for all stakeholders, particularly parents to prioritize girl-child education adding that: “It is part of my personal vision as the head to see the girls-child staying in school and walking up the educational ladder alongside the boy-child.”

Mrs Martha Acquah, the Mfantseman Municipal Director of Education, said there is the need for schools to combine academic excellence with good character training as the way to make their products more useful to the society.

She said high academic performance that was not matched by discipline and morally upright lives would be counter-productive to the nation’s progress.

The Municipal Education Director lauded the indispensable role of mission schools especially the Methodist Church for its immense contribution to the human resource development of the country.

She said through their comprehensive educational and time-tested programmes, they have helped to churn out talents, professionals and leaders, who are spearheading Ghana’s development agenda in various capacities.

Source: Ghana News Agency