Bosomtwe Minister of Education and Member of Parliament, Dr Yaw Osei Adutwum has awarded scholarships to 61 engineering and medical students from his constituency for the 2022 academic year.
This brings the total number of students from his constituency to 91 students to receive the scholarship to pursue engineering and medicine out of 100 students in a target within 10 years.
Last year, 30 students from the Bosomtwe constituency were awarded a scholarship to pursue different engineering courses at the University of Mines and Technology in Tarkoa.
Speaking at a short ceremony at Jachie in Bosomtwe constituency to bid farewell to students on Saturday, Dr Adutwum stressed the need for all Ghanaians to embrace and take STEM education seriously as that was the way to go now.
He explained that in order for the nation to catch up with the rest of the developed world, there was a need for the country to increase its share to 60:40 in favor of STEM education versus the humanities instead of the current 40:60 for STEM which held the key to industrialization and the rapid development that the nation was looking to achieve .
“We must encourage our youth to attend courses in science, technology, engineering and mathematics to form the creative thinkers needed to meet the country’s development challenges,” he said.
Dr. Adutwum commended Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo for the huge investment that has been made towards improving STEM education and learning at various levels of education in the country.
The Minister of Education said, “Until the nation can increase its Gross Enrollment in Higher Education (GTER) from the current 18.8 percent to at least 40 percent, it will be very difficult for the nation to develop rapidly.”
According to him, this was the way to harness the development potential of the country, adding that studies showed that the exponential growth of any society depends on the depth of its technocrats and scientists.
Dr. Adutwum advised students to justify their choice of scholarship package by studying hard to achieve their goals in life.
“You must remember that your destiny is in your hands,” said the minister.
The care that comes only from the personal resources of MP consists of school fees, accommodation and nutrition as well as a laptop for each student to further their studies.
The Chief Executive Officer of Bosomtwe District, Mr. Joseph Kwasi Asomin, commended the Minister for this gesture and his general contribution to the growth of education in the district.
He urged the students to study hard for their own good as this was the best support they could get in preparing for their future development.
The beneficiaries, made up of 53 engineering students and eight medical students, who were drawn from different communities in the constituency, got admission to pursue medicine and engineering courses at various Ghanaian universities.
include; Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology (KNUST), University of Mines and Technology (UMaT), University of Energy and Natural Resources (UENR) as well as University of Development Studies (UDS).
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