The Minister of Education, Dr. Matthew Opoku Prempeh has described the New Patriotic Party (NPP) government’s achievement in the education sector as unprecedented in the history of Ghana. “Not even Kwame Nkrumah achieved what we have done”, he said at the handing over ceremony of an AstroTurf pitch to his constituents in Manhyia South Constituency.
The Minister said there has been a great improvement in the country’s educational sector under President Nana Akufo-Addo citing the Free SHS policy which he said has brought a big relief to children and parents from less-endowed backgrounds. The Minister revealed that the number of beneficiaries under the policy has risen to nearly 1.2 billion from 800,000.
“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 billion, 400,000 more students, ask yourself, if we still remained in the old dispensation, what would have happened to these students?” he asked.
The Minister added that “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 wants Ghanaians to reward the good works of the NPP by retaining President Akufo-Addo in the 2020 elections.