Deputy Education Minister, Dr Adutwum has noted that the achievements of the Akufo-Addo government in education goes beyond the much-touted Free Senior High School policy.
He asserted that under Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo, Ghana has witnessed the highest infrastructure investment in education sector in Ghana’s history.
Buttressing his point, the Deputy Education Minister disclosed that over GHC1.7 million has been dedicated to infrastructure development in the education sector through GETFUND.
The money, according to him, amounts to about 40% of revenue due GETFUND over the next 10 years.
“We’ve raised $1.5 billion for infrastructure development approved by cabinet, Parliament at all levels of education in this country. As I speak with you colleges of education and universities are getting funding to build lecture halls and other buildings,” he stated.
Dr. Adutwum added that senior high schools have gotten a lot and basic schools are also going to get their piece of the puzzle, saying that $1.5 billion is something no body ever thought could be raised in Ghana for education infrastructure development but it is happening live.
He noted that apart from the investment in education infrastructure, government has also invested heavily in teacher training, explaining that two years ago, the President directed that we reform the teacher education program and now it takes a 4-year degree not a diploma for anyone to be a teacher.
“The first batch are in their second year going to their third year so in 4-years time they would have been given ample time to study and acquire all the 21st century skills they need so that when they step out and they are in the classroom they are well equipped,” he said.
The Deputy Education Minister said government has taken a bold and comprehensive approach t education reform, adding “We are going beyond reform to transformation and that is the kind of transformation this country needs. In the next years when God willing Ghanaians give Akufo-Addo another opportunity to rule this country again, we are going to build on the foundation and change this country’s educational system.”
According to him, the notion that President Akufo-Addo has focused most on Free SHS intervention much to the neglect of other aspects in education sector is inaccurate.
Highlighting major interventions by President Akufo-Addo, the Deputy Education Minister retorted that there has been a wholistic approach transforming the sector unlike the piecemeal approach adopted by previous governments.
“I have had opportunities of helping different governments whether its Kenya and now Rwanda wants me to help them. A number of times we have a hatch board of arrangements – you do this and you do that. You don’t do a comprehensive look at the entire system and how the outcomes pipeline into economic development. NDC my have started progressively Free SHS but they couldn’t pay. When we came some schools had not been paid. They had a snail pace approach, do it bit by bit but it was going to take us 20 years for everyone who goes through Junior High School to go to Senior High School. NPP came and said if we look at our gross enrollment ratio at that time it was 16.9., we don’t have to waste time…” he stated to stress the urgency with which the NPP government has focused on dealing with issues of access, quality and infrastructure improvement in the education sector.