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‘We Are Going to Make Coding Mandatory in Senior High Schools’, Says Bawumia

Vice President and Flagbearer of the New Patriotic Party (NPP), Dr. Mahamudu Bawumia, says his government will make coding subjects mandatory in Senior High Schools (SHS) if he becomes President.

“We have set up STEM schools for the first time in our history and the curriculum is going to change. We are going to make coding a mandatory subject in senior high schools,” he said on Wednesday at a meeting with the Ghana National Chamber of Commerce and Industry (GNCCI). The meeting with the GNCCI served as a platform for the Vice President to sell his vision to business industry stakeholders ahead of the December elections.

Already, President Akufo-Addo is set to launch a ‘one-student, one-laptop’ initiative next week. The project, according to the government, would provide each SHS student with a laptop aimed at enhancing computer literacy and technological proficiency among young Ghanaian students. The laptops also come preloaded with educational materials, including textbooks, and are designed to be accessible offline, government communications said.

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The Vice President is therefore counting on that initiative to set the grounds ready for his promise in 2025, should he win the December elections.

“One student, one Laptop. Without a laptop, how do you learn coding? We have to give these young people the tools so that we inculcate this whole transformation in the whole system,” he said.


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