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Our education is on the rise, but somebody has decided not to see it – Education Minister jabs Mahama


According to Dr. Osei Yaw Adutwum, Minister of Education, despite accessible evidence suggesting growing educational standards in Ghana, some people have elected not to notice the progress and are instead interested in undermining the achievement.

Dr. Adutwum said in a thinly veiled rebuttal to former President John Mahama, who has downplayed the 70% pass rate of SHS students who sat the 2023 WASCEE with claims that the students conspired with teachers to cheat, that people who make such claims to downplay the rising standard of education don’t read to know what is going on.


“Some people have not read to know about the progress of education in the country. So they go about saying that the standard of education has failed when they are oblivious of the facts,” Dr. Adutwum said, at the 63rd anniversary of the Ghana Muslim Mission in Kumasi over the weekend.

“For instance, for science, statistics show that in 2015; you all know who was president in 2015, about 28 % of those who took the exams passed in science. Now the pass percentage for integrated science is 68%.”

“It has improved considerably. So whoever says the standard of education has fallen, doesn’t know what he is talking about.”

The Minister of Education also mentioned a 600,000 rise in SHS enrollment following the free SHS policy in 2017, as well as an improving success rate in WASCEE examinations, which he claimed demonstrated the influence of the Akufo-Addo government’s Free SHS policy on education in Ghana.

“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.

He also discussed how the Free SHS program ensures inclusivity and provides assistance to many disadvantaged families.

“During our time, many did not have this opportunity and they dropped out of school. Many of those who dropped out of school, could have been PhD holders. Today, Nana Addo says no Ghanaian child should drop out of school because of fees. Everything is free and many parents are at ease.”

“Free SHS is about inclusion because it is a policy which is helping the poor to access the same schools as the rich. I know how poverty feels like so I will do everything possible to make sure that Free SHS continues to work even better.”

When someone claims they will evaluate Free SHS, it implies just one thing. That individual want to cancel, and we will not let it.

Education has made developed countries what they are today. And that is where Ghana aspires to be.

In Ghana, education is being taken to new heights, which has never happened before. Secondary education is free and of good quality. We’ve also made significant investments in technical and vocational training facilities. By offering enlargement and equipment, we have helped several technological institutes.

Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (STEM) are also improving, and student achievement has been outstanding. Some of the pupils are even engaged in research.

Our education is improving, and our young kids can compete favorably with international pupils.






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