The Art Teachers’ Association of Ghana (ATAG), a registered professional body at the forefront of Arts education delivery in Ghana, with membership comprising of seasoned Art Educators at both pre-tertiary and tertiary levels of education in Ghana, in collaboration with the School of Creative Arts (SCA), University of Education, Winneba present their official position on the recent adoption and implementation of STEM (Science, Mathematics and Technology) educational policy by the Ministry of Education and the National Teaching Council.
The National Teaching Council in collaboration with the Ministry of Education organised stakeholders meeting on August 10, 2021 in Accra on the theme ‘STEM Education in Ghana: What Ought to Happen’. We observed that the eminent scholars invited for the presentation on the said date were drawn from science, engineering and mathematics background just as the theme suggested. The incisive presentations from these scholars hammered on the aforementioned subject areas – Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics – as key in training the twenty-first century learner in Ghana.
However, drawing cue from best practices of advanced and developing nations who are making giant strides in inventions and innovations points to the fact that those countries have prioritized certain fields of study we (in Ghana and some parts of Africa) have neglected in addition to Science, Technology and Mathematics. Based on best global practices, ATAG and SCA make its position clear on the continuous exclusion of Arts Education in the promotion of Science, Mathematics and Technology (STEM) education policy in Ghanaian educational policies.