Dr. Yaw Osei Adutwum, Minister of Education, has been called out by the Tertiary Educational Institutions Network (TEIN), a student branch of the National Democratic Congress (NDC).
According to TEIN, Dr. Adutwum has proved in the time since his appointment, that he is unfit for the post, based on the nature of the decisions he has made thus far.
This comes after the Minister of Education, Dr. Oasei Adutwum, issued a directive reverting the academic calendar of public schools from the semester system to the trimester system.
The dates meant that all elementary schools would use a semester schedule, which surprised major teacher unions.
As a result, on the eve of the reopening of schools across the country, the Ghana National Association of Teachers (GNAT), the National Association of Graduate Teachers (NAGRAT), the Coalition of Concerned Teachers, Ghana (CCT-GH), and the Teachers and Educational Workers Union (TEWU), forming the Unions in Education, protested the decision, claiming they had no knowledge of it.
“Such a significant policy change should have prompted widespread consultation,” they had stated. “As a result, we find both the declaration and the document objectionable and take issue with both.”
“After further consultation on the issue, the Honorable Minister for Education has directed that the calendar for kindergarten to Junior High School for the current academic year should revert to the Trimester system,” the Ministry of Education said in a statement signed by Press Secretary Felix Baidoo on Friday, January 21.
As a result, the first term will be 12 weeks long, beginning on Tuesday, January 18 and ending on Thursday, April 14.
Before the second term, which runs from Tuesday, May 10 to Thursday, August 18, there will be around three weeks of vacation.
The final term will take place from September 13 to December 22.
The GES announced new dates for the reopening of public schools from kindergarten to senior high schools on Thursday, January 13.
“Every well-meaning Ghanaian today agrees that Ghana’s education system is in severe crisis,” according to a statement made and signed by TEIN’s Deputy Coordinator, Mr. Ekow Djan, on Monday, January 24. This is a minister who lacks vision, whose decisions are flimsy and unsupported by research, who is inept at policy creation, who struggles to implement policies that are both teacher- and student-centered, and who lacks effective administrative abilities, among other things.”
Below is the full statement
AKUFO-ADDO SHOULD GET RID OF ADUTWUM AS EDUCATION MINISTER
The Minister of Education, Dr. Yaw Osei Adutwum has proven to be the worst minister for the education sector since 1992.
It does appear, Dr. Mathew Opoku-Prempeh who performed abysmally as Education minister is far better than Dr. Yaw Osei Adutwum.
The current minister, Dr. Adutwum has demonstrated time without number is not fit for the job.
Every well-meaning Ghanaian today agrees that Ghana’s education sector is in deep crisis.
This is a minister who lacks vision, his decisions are shaky and not backed by research, is bad at policy formulation, struggles to implement policies that are both teacher-centered and student-centered, lacks effective managerial skills, etc.
- Under Adutwum as Minister, three education unions—UTAG, CETAG, TEWU— are currently on strike over poorer conditions of service.
- Teachers in pre-tertiary schools are lamenting over poor salary conditions and undue deductions from their salaries.
- Non-payment of allowances like responsibility allowances to pre-tertiary teachers.
- Trainee teachers have not been paid their allowances for six(6) solid months.
- Students in the universities are struggling to find accommodation.
- Textbooks have not been supplied to basic school pupils since 2019.
- The academic calendar has become problematic.
- CHASS is lamenting over the non-release of funds for Senior High Schools.
- Uncleared backlog of 2018, 2019, 2020, 2021 trained teachers.
- Growing indiscipline in our schools
Without mincing words, Dr. Adutwum is not fit for the job as education minister, and the earlier he is fired by President Akufo-Addo, the better.
A ham-fisted Education Minister should not be given any audience again.
DEPUTY NATIONAL TEIN COORDINATOR