Readers can recall that Ghana's Education Minister wowed the world with his famous speech at the recent United Nations Education Summit.
Dr Yaw Osei Adutwum was born on 9th April 1964 in Jackie in the Bosomtwe District in the Ashanti Region. He attended Kumasi High School, Kwame Nkrumah University Of Science and Technology, University of La Verne and the University of South California.
Dr Yaw Osei Adutwum has been the Member of Parliament for the Bosomtwe constituency since 2017 and a deputy Minister from 1st March 2017 to 20th January 2021. He became the Education Minister on 5th March 2021.
In that popular presentation at the UN, Dr Yaw Adutwum explained that the kind of education in his part of the world needs to be replaced with an assertive curriculum.
Readers can also recall that Dr Yaw Osei Adutwum mentioned that the status quo must be changed and that it was to insist that the young ones should not say anything when the adults are talking.
Well, at the Global Citizens Festival, when President Nana Addo mounted the stage to deliver a speech, reports are that the youth booed him till he finished his speech. Was that the right thing? Why should the youth speak up when the President was on the stage?
Interestingly, TV3's Johnnie Hughes has passed a comment about the entire incident and he had something to say about Dr Yaw Osei Adutwum.
"Well, I am sad about how Nana Addo was treated but the way Honourable KT Hammond reacted to the issue was also wrong."
"I do not agree if KT Hammond says that the youth of today have empty heads and are not capable due to what happened to Nana Addo. Was it not long that the Education Minister asked the youth to ask questions and be assertive?"
" And to the Education Minister, can the youth be assertive when their teachers and headmasters are not assertive? Can the teachers be assertive when they do not have the textbooks?"
" You have been in government for 6years but you complain like some of us. What have you done about the situation?"
"You have not changed the system to make the children assertive but you still made that speech. Who do you expect to solve the problem?"
" You spent to the tune of GHS70million to provide past questions to the children and you were proud to say that they passed massively. Were you helping them to be assertive when you provided those materials?"
Has Johnnie Hughes not gone too far? Could he not have found a proper medium to reach the education minister on the issues of the lack of textbooks or poor systems, among others?
What is your assessment of the education system in the country? What is the way forward for the country? What are your thoughts on the ongoing discussion?
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