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‘Miseducation minister’ – Dr. Adutwum under fire over ‘review means cancel’ comment

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Dr. Osei Yaw Adutwum, Minister of Education, has come under fire for claiming that a commitment to evaluate the government’s hallmark Free Senior High School (Free SHS) program implied an outright cancelation.

The major opposition National Democratic Congress and its presidential candidate for 2024 have declared that they want to reassess the agenda once in government.

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However, addressing at the 63rd anniversary of the Ghana Muslim Mission in Kumasi last weekend, the minister highlighted the policy’s benefits before warning that any efforts to revise it would be detrimental.

“President Akufo-Addo and his Vice, brought Free SHS and they have provided the needed support to make it a success and bring relief to parents,” he said.

“If anybody says they will review Free SHS it means one thing. That person wants to cancel it and we won’t allow that,” he stated

That remark generated heated comments on the social media network Twitter (now X), with some questioning how honest the minister was with his understanding.

X user @oheek1 tweeted: “You’re becoming unbecoming and annoying,” whiles
@AbdulBaakiAdam1 cued in: “So meaning IMF said Review means cancel it then,” in reference to government’ admission that all flagship programmes were up for review under the US$3bn bailout programme.

@Psthanley asked: “You & who are the we? ah ah,” before Hon Adu Tetteh
also posted “He is the minister of education. Hmm” Cyril LUMOR with the username @King_Lorzy reassigned the minister a portfolio, “MisEducation Minister.”

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