General News of Wednesday, 6 December 2017
The National Vice Chairman of the opposition National Democratic Congress (NDC), Samuel Ofosu Ampofo has advised the Education Minister, Dr. Matthew Opoku Prempeh to be mindful of his public utterances.
“I will urge my brother Dr. Opoku Prempeh to mind his words. How can a whole minister say you can do the thing in a polythene bag”, the former Eastern Regional Minister quizzed.
“As a minister you have to be mindful of what you say because you are representing the President”, Hon. Samuel Ofosu pointed out on Peace FM morning show hosted by Kwame Safa Kayi.
Hon. Samuel Ofosu Ampofo gave this advice while discussing challenges concerning the implementation of the free Senior High School policy
The Education Minister is reported to have asked senior high schools students to resort to the use polythene bags if they lack toilet facility in their schools.
Dr. Matthew Opoku Prempeh also challenged political critics to name secondary schools that are congested because of the free senior high school (SHS) education policy.
At a news conference, he insisted that there is no school that the Free SHS Secretariat placed more students than the heads admitted they can contain.
The outspoken minister maintained that there is a record at the Secretariat detailing the number of first-year students sent to the various schools for those who doubt to crosscheck.
“If a head tells Free SHS Secretariat that ‘we can only admit 533’ and it places 520 students, (but only) 517 enrolled, how then do we say that Free SHS has caused congestion in the school?” he asked.