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General News of Friday, 5 October 2018

Source: mynewsgh.com

Mahama’s E-Block project is visionary, commendable - Dep. Education Minister

Rising star of the Akufo-Addo government who has won plaudits from most Ghanaians over his handling of Education-related issues, Dr Yaw Osei Adutwum has commended former President John Mahama for having the vision to build many Community Day Schools known as the E-Blocks.

Speaking to a youth gathering at the United Nations Youth Summit in Accra Digital Centre, Hon. Adutwum lauded former President Mahama for his vision of building E-Blocks which is a significant contribution to education in Ghana.

The 200 Community Day School promised by the then ruling NDC while in government has seen about 123 at various stages of completion.

Months ago, Dome Kwabenya MP Sarah Adwoa Safo was trolled for seeking to take credit for one such school blocks.

But the Deputy Education Minister had this to say:

“I must commend the former President Mahama for his good vision of building the E-blocks. I will commend anyone who helps the development of the education sector and he must be commended for that” he admitted.

The vociferous Deputy Minister with his years of experience in education believes all strategies and measures will be adopted to ensure quality education hence the very first step of resolving the issue of infrastructure through the double track system.

The double track system gives an opportunity to some enrolled students to take turns in what is called the gold and green platforms.

Hon. Adutwum believes education in Ghana must surpass that of other countries such as North Korea and the US.

Speaking on the SDG 4 (Quality Education) as a target to be achieved by 2030, the honorable deputy minister believes 2030 must not be the target but a far more solid foundation and of quality for generations yet unborn.

Touching on human resource challenges in the education sector, he revealed teachers are in excess and hence much of government taking time to absorb them.

“As we were looking for 8000 people to fill the vacuum, almost 40,000 qualified teachers applied”.