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Ghana’s Education Minister Defends Progress Amid Criticism

Dr. Yaw Osei Adutwum Highlights Improvements in National Education Standards

by Adenike Adeodun

Education Minister Dr. Yaw Osei Adutwum has countered claims criticizing the standard of education in Ghana, asserting that significant progress has been made, contrary to some public opinions. Speaking at the 63rd Anniversary of the Ghana Muslim Mission in Kumasi, Dr. Adutwum emphasized the notable improvements in educational outcomes, particularly in science.

Citing statistics, Dr Adutwum pointed out a substantial increase in science exam pass rates, from 28% in 2015 to 68% recently. “Those who suggest education standards have fallen are misinformed,” he stated, asserting the rise in standards since 2015.

According to a report by Graphic Online, the minister also highlighted the impact of the Free Senior High School (SHS) policy, initiated in 2017 by President Akufo-Addo’s government, which led to an increase in SHS enrollment by 600,000. He attributed the rising success rates in the West African Senior School Certificate Examination (WASSCE) to this policy.

Emphasizing the inclusivity of the Free SHS policy, Dr Adutwum spoke about its role in easing the financial burden on families and ensuring that no child drops out due to fees. “Free SHS is about ensuring that both the poor and rich have equal access to education. It is a policy we are committed to sustaining and improving,” he said.

The Education Minister’s remarks come at a time when the Free SHS policy’s effectiveness has been a subject of debate. He reiterated the government’s dedication to maintaining the policy, warning against any plans for its review, which he believes would equate to its cancellation.

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