Ghana introduces courses in oil & gas for Senior High Schools

oilThe Ghana Education Service (GES)  has developed  a new school curriculum which has a component of the study of oil and gas subjects for students  of Senior High School (SHS) to equip them for further studies in the oil industry.

The curriculum which was reviewed in 2009 to cover the new three-year SHS programme reintroduced by the National Democratic Congress government, has courses that cover the oil industry.

Mr Antwi Aning, Head of the Science Unit, Curriculum Research and Development Division of the GES in an interview with the Ghana News Agency (GNA) in Accra on Monday said though all students studying core science at school did study a bit on petroleum refinery, students learning science were the main beneficiaries of the oil and gas courses.

“One has to have a science background to enable one to study courses in oil and gas. So the Chemistry syllabus was reviewed to enable students study how the oil is formed, methods of exploration, types of crude oil, refinery, trade names, among other things.

Meanwhile a visit to some of the schools by the GNA indicated that most students were not aware of  the programme.

Some of the students who spoke to the GNA said they had not been taught anything at all.

Pricilla Siaw, an SHS Two student of the Odorgonno Senior High School said she had not come across the study of oil in any of her subjects.

She even accused the presidential candidates in the December 2012 elections for failing to speak adequately about the oil and gas sector during their electioneering campaigns.

Gifty Okai, another student said “Oil and gas courses should be prioritised through the introduction of courses to the schools right from the JHS through the SHS so that students would learn about oil and whip up the interest to work in the industry in future”.

Mrs Mary Amakwah, Headmistress of Odorgonno SHS who corroborated what the students had said, told the GNA that there were no such courses currently being studied at the school.

She explained that when Ghana first found oil, some students of the school were just invited to participate in seminars and workshop on the Oil and Gas industry but that those who participated in the programme had graduated and left the school.

Source: GNA

2 Comments
  1. l like that .

  2. gg says

    Long overdue and should have happen 4years ago why I don’t know these leaders sense of responsibility takes so long to come together. Even in junior high school to nature these youth is a great point of start.

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