Eight former Education Ministers of Ghana have pledged to support the current Minister, Dr. Yaw Osei Adutwum with their wealth of experience to improve the sector.
The former Ministers made the commitment at a meeting with Dr. Yaw Osei Adutwum at his request in Accra on Monday, May 10, 2021.
The former Ministers who spoke in turns said bringing people with diverse expertise to bear would go a long way in getting the best strategies and ideas which when harnessed would push the nation’s development agenda forward.
Present at the meeting were Mr. Yaw Osafo-Maafo, Ms. Betty Mould Iddrissu, Professor Dominic Fobih, Dr. Ekow Spio-Garbrah, Ms. Joyce Aryee, Professor Ameyaw Ekumfi, Paapa Owusu Ankomah and Dr. Christiana Amoako Nuamah who joined the discussion through zoom.
The occasion also created an opportunity for them to interact and share ideas on how to facilitate the improvement of the nation’s education sector.
The former Ministers commended Dr. Adutwum for creating such an opportunity for all of them to come together to discuss issues relating to the development of education in the country.
Among the issues raised by the former ministers were the issue of discipline on the part of teachers as well as the need for improvement in the supervision in schools to ensure that teachers stay in school and teach.
They also had concerns about parents’ limited interest in the education of their children which affects their output.
Some former ministers also raised concerns about the current system which makes it very difficult for teachers to be disciplined by their immediate superiors.
Dr. Adutwum commended the former ministers for the role they played in the past towards the improvement of education in the country.
He assured them of his readiness to engage them regularly to share more ideas with the view to continuing some of the good ideas which were not executed due to lack of time, change of leadership, and change of policy, although they were very necessary to support the development of the country.
On behalf of the former Ministers, Ms. Joyce Aryee, the oldest former Education Minister among those present, promised to contribute their quota towards the transformation of the country through education.
She called for more of such engagements for them to share ideas for the growth of the country.