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Let’s do away with ‘slash and burn politics’ in Ghana — Dr Adutwum

  Wed, 17 Apr 2024
Headlines Education Minister, Dr Yaw Osei Adutwum
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Education Minister, Dr Yaw Osei Adutwum

The Education Minister, Dr Yaw Osei Adutwum, has appealed to politicians to do away with what he described as ‘slash and burn politics’ in the country.

He explained that for the country to grow well, there was the need for politicians to desist from peddling falsehoods about their political opponents for political expediency knowing definitely that all that they were saying was not true.

Speaking at a Public Lecture at the University of Media, Arts and Communication (UniMAC) in Accra on Tuesday, Dr Adutwum reiterated the need for politicians to begin lauding their political opponents when they do something good so that the people would begin to appreciate the role of the politicians in the nation’s development.

The Public Lecture which had the theme “Education for development and social change: opportunities and prospects in TVET and STEM”, was organized by UniMAC and was attended by the academia, politicians, students and other stakeholders in the nation’s education.

He explained for instance that he has on several occasions lauded the National Democratic Congress (NDC) for introducing the E-Block concept but complained about its locations which made it very difficult for most of them to be patronized.

The Education Minister stated that out of its conviction, the New Patriotic Party (NPP) government has completed a certain number of the E-Blocks and also added boarding facilities to some of them to make them much more useable so it could admit students from across the country.

Dr Adutwum mentioned that the current state of education development in the country was on point and stated that it had already started bearing more fruit, citing the outcomes of West African Senior School Certificate Examination (WASSCE) results for the past five years as evidence to the improvement in the education sector.

He described the TVET and the STEM programmes in the nation’s education as very crucial towards the social transformation of the country and urged all and sundry to accept and support teaching and learning in the country.

Responding to questions after the lecture, the Education Minister called on Ghanaians to retain the NPP government in power so it would continue with the ongoing development initiatives which have been shaping the fortunes of the nation’s economy.

The Council Chairman of UniMAC, Prof. Kwesi Yanka, commended Dr Adutwum for his vision and the effort he was making towards the transformation of the nation’s economy through education.

The Council Chairman who is also a former Minister for Education added his voice to the call for the politicians to put a stop to the ‘slash and burn politics’ in the country since it makes it difficult for the Ghanaians to trust and respect all politicians due to insults each other.

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