Deputy Education Minister, Yaw Osei Adutwum has stressed the need for reforms in the syllabi used by Senior High Schools(SHS) to boost the engineering capacity of the country.
The Deputy Minister who was delivering a speech at the Academic City stakeholder round-table said there was a need to analyse the academic curricula of SHS in order to transform the social-economic sector to be at par with developing countries.
“We cannot talk about transforming tertiary education and creating opportunity for more students to be educated in engineering if we do not reform our secondary education curriculum…” he said.
Dr. Adutwum added that, despite the fact that a governmental policy exists safeguarding that about 50 percent of tertiary students should be science-oriented, the syllabi currently do not “produce talents necessary for university development to transform this country…” he noted.
“How can you transform 15 percent of SHS students who are in science into 60 percent when they are in the university? It’s not possible unless we change how we educate students at the high school level…” he asserted.
The Round-table discussion was based on the theme “changing tertiary learning in Africa with premium teaching talent and activity-based learning; the ethos of ethics, innovation and entrepreneurship”.