Low-performing schools: Mahama tackles Education Minister, calls for his resignation

Dr Yaw Osei Adutwum, the minister of education
Dr Yaw Osei Adutwum, the minister of education

Former President John Mahama has called for the resignation of the Education Minister Dr Yaw Osei Adutwum if he does not have solutions to Ghana’s education challenges.

Mr Mahama’s call was in response to recent threats by the Minister to shut down low-performing schools.

Dr. Adutwum had explained that a school with a consistent zero to ten percent pass rate should put together intervention programmes to ensure that majority of their students will find opportunities for further studies, rather than becoming a liability to their parents and society due to their inability to pass their exam.

The Minister further argued that closing down such schools would help save the nation from the huge financial losses being incurred by the government on such schools.

But interacting with NDC delegates at Adudwama in the Ahafo South East Constituency of the Ashanti Region the former President said the ultimate responsibility of the Minister is to help students to achieve better results stressing that he [the Minister] does not have the  power to shutdown such schools.

“Help them achieve better results and provide better education for the children, but don’t you dare close schools. It’s just senseless. The Minister for Education should resign if his only solution to a problem is to close schools,” he said.

“During my time we resourced low-performing schools. We provided them with teaching and learning materials for them and so it is baffling why the Minister will take such a decision…That will never happen”, he added.


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