Professor Kwame Agyei Frimpong, the Associate Professor of Soil Fertility at the University of Cape Coast (UCC), has recommended that the government directs efforts toward the development of agricultural education, emphasizing the need to move beyond a sole focus on Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (STEM) education.
Expressing concerns about the inadequate infrastructure in agricultural faculties and colleges, Prof. Agyei Frimpong characterized the existing facilities as a ‘sorry sight.' He conveyed these sentiments during his address at ‘The Swedru Conversations,' an annual thought leadership program organized by the Alumni Association of the Swedru Senior High School.
The event, held on Monday, February 12, 2024, at the Alisa Hotel in Accra, aimed to discuss the theme, ‘Feeding Ourselves as a Nation.'
The UCC Associate Professor urged the government to reconsider the educational curriculum in engineering to better align with the needs of the agricultural sector. He emphasized the importance of integrating agricultural education within the broader STEM framework.
Prof. Agyei Frimpong stated, “If we cannot do that, I will pray that we tailor or re-engineer our curriculum so that whatever is done in engineering will apply to agriculture. Imagine, we have students who could come up with engineering designs for equipment and tools that will revolutionize agriculture.”