Education Minister, Dr Matthew Opoku Prempeh, has described as “unprecedented”, the achievements of President Akufo-Addo in the history of Ghana’s education sector.
The Manhyia South lawmaker made this remark in response to claims by a section of the public including the opposition National Democratic Congress (NDC) that enough has not been done to bring relief to stakeholders particularly teachers and students.
Citing the NPP government’s Free SHS Programme and other interventions, Dr Prempeh said the strides made cannot be compared to that of the achievements of Ghana’s first President, Dr Kwame Nkrumah.
“What we have achieved in the educational sector is unprecedented in the annals of the history of this country. Not even Kwame Nkrumah achieved what we have done,” he told journalists.
The Free Senior High School (Free SHS) programme, according to the Minister, has brought relief to Ghanaians.
He said nearly 1.2 million students from all parts of the country are currently benefitting from the Free SHS programme.
“Free Education is a project in evolution. We have done well under the leadership of his Excellency the President. The third-year students of the Free SHS programme are in school.
“Generally, we haven’t heard anything, but when you live in Accra and Kumasi, you will think that things are falling apart. But when you go across the country, if we have been able to move the population to 800,000 to nearly 1.2 million, 400,000 more students, ask yourself, if we still remained in the old dispensation, what would have happened to these students?” the Education Minister quizzed.
Affectionately called Napo, the MP, who was interacting with his constituents on Sunday used the opportunity to officially handover a newly constructed state-of-the-art artificial pitch to boost sports and recreation in the constituency.
By J. Ofori, Daily Mail GH