Discover GH4STEM 100 Top Teacher: MAXWELL OFFEI NKETIA, Shama #GH4STEM

Maxwell Offei Nketia is a proud teacher, even though this has not always been the case.  Maxwell has always loved science — it’s teaching that he did not like — at least, until he enrolled at the Komenda Training College. While there, things changed when he discovered his love for teaching, and has been teaching for six years since he graduated from the training college. He currently teaches at Shama Catholic School, where his students number over one hundred and eighty in all.  

The success of Maxwell’s students remains his main aim. He is gratified when he sees his students excelling. On the benefits of STEM, Maxwell explains that his role as an educator affords him the privilege of unearthing the talents of students while he trains them. One of his former students is currently a biochemist at the Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology. Maxwell is very happy to have helped that student. 

Mr. Offei believes in being creative. He enjoys teaching STEM because it gives him an opportunity to encourage the spirit of creativity in his students. He explains that his most positive experiences revolve around bringing out the creativity in his students.

When he was first informed of the JUNEOS Challenge, Maxwell selected a relevant experiment and after that practiced intensively with his students. Their experiment only used local materials, a fact of which he and his students are very proud.

Maxwell admits that he has benefited immensely from his participation in the Challenge. In addition to improving his confidence, he now makes it a point to use local materials in his experiments and ensures that his lessons are simple to help his students understand what he is teaching. His students have also become confident and learnt to give out their best in every situation they find themselves in.

Mr. Maxwell Offei is involved with a STEM-focused organisation known as Youth Bridge Foundation. Maxwell is not all about science and teaching, though. During his leisure time he watches sports highlights on television.

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Article by Kofi Konadu Berko.

Kofi Konadu Berko is passionate about education and youth development. He holds a B.A in Adult Education and Human Resource Studies from the University Of Ghana. His works have been  published in the historic Afroyoung Adult anthology titled Waterbirds On the Lakeshore, Adabraka: Stories From the Center Of the World, Tampered Press and the Kalahari Review. He blogs at