A Former Education Minister, Professor Jane Naana Opoku Agyemang says the current turmoil on the country’s educational front could have been handled properly.
“If there’s turmoil in [the] education [sector] today, it is totally uncalled for,” she said on Thursday when she spoke at a public lecture organised by the opposition National Democratic Congress.
Some teacher unions are unhappy with the government’s handling of some issues in the education sector with regards to the implementation of the Ghana Partnership Schools (GPS) Project.
They claimed that the government has consistently sidelined them in educational policy discussions.
Already an impasse at University of Education Winneba (UEW) has led to the shutting down of the institution.
A similar violent demonstration was recorded at the Kwame Nkrumah University of Technology in 2018.
Professor Jane Naana Opoku Agyemang at the lecture used the opportunity to tout the NDC’s management of the education sector during her tenure.
According to her, the education sector under former President John Dramani Mahama recorded a superior performance compared with the current New Patriotic Party administration.
She said her administration worked in the interest of Ghanaians.
The Former Vice-Chancellor of the University of Cape Coast explained that all of such initiatives introduced by the NDC were based on intensive research.
She cited the conversion of polytechnics to technical universities and the construction of the community day ‘E-Blocks’ senior high schools as examples.
On educational infrastructure, she also touted the erstwhile NDC government’s efforts in building two public universities; the University of Health and Allied Sciences, in Ho and the University of Energy and Natural Resources, Sunyani.
She also took a swipe at the Finance Ministry saying although her administration made some record-breaking initiatives, they did not organise “a party to celebrate it.”