A socio-political justice activist, Kwame A-Plus has waded into the most controversial subject of GHC68 million spent on procuring past questions and answer booklets for candidates of the West Africa Senior School Certificate Examination (WASSCE) in Ghana. He had launched heavy criticisms at the Minister for Education, Dr. Yaw Osei Adutwum for having superintended over such an expenditure, claiming that it is a waste of public funds.
A Plus adds to voices, especially of the minority political party; the National Democratic Congress (NDC) who have questioned the spend. Strong among the arguments is that such expenses were exaggerated and worse a misplaced priority. Critics have held to the opinion that the money could have supported in addressing critical infrastructure needs that had already bedeviled the education sector in Ghana.
But in this article, A Plus finds it to be ridiculous when learning materials fundamental to preparing and writing for an exams and for the better of our education system have not been provided since when a new syllabus was created. He argued that the government only took a ‘shortcut’ with getting students pass the exams so they could be applauded for their successes.
“You don't have syllabus for schools, you don't have textbooks. All you do is to put kids in some nonsense traffic light double track education system; red go, green vacate, blue go, yellow break. School check check wei yɛ school? 🙄🙄🙄🙄 Then after 3 years, you spend millions to buy past questions for students to study and pass, then you tell the whole country to clap for you because all the free SHS students passed. 😂😂😂😂😂 who are you lying to,” he wrote on Facebook.
But A Plus couldn’t hold his anger. He vented at Dr. Adutwum and question if he could have ever done that in America where he taught and has a school. To him, it’s the worst form of training our children.
His disappointment was that he had trusted him to be his very best personality among ministers of the Akufo-Addo government.
“You Edutwum, I dey feel you waaa. Ask everybody for Facebook. They know how much I like you. In America where you have a school, if this is what they do will kids grow up and go to the moon 🌙Akufo Addo paaa ni? Herh!!!”
Per a justification provided by the Minister in parliament the materials was to support students prepare for the exit exams especially during the COVID-19 pandemic when academics were largely affected. A local firm was contracted to provide this service; Messrs Kingdom Books and Stationary at a cost of GH59.00 and GH78.00 for 2020 and 2021 WASCCE respectively.
The discussion about this expenditure may dominate for sometime but it is expected that some better detail will be provided by the Ministry in subsequent days via its usual press meetings.
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