A former minister of Education, Prof. Naana Jane Opoku Agyemang has bemoaned the abandoning of numerous policies introduced under the Mahama led administration due to political expediencies. These policies, she said, were both teacher and student centered.
Professor Opoku Agyemang was speaking as the presenter of the lecture on the theme, “THE STATE OF EDUCATION IN GHANA” at the Campus Lecture Series organized by the National Democratic congress at UCC.
She said one key area the ministry under her watch focused was the deprived areas because the NDC as a party was founded on mutual democratic principle that is ensuring equity, parity and all rounded principles.
The former minister of education indicated that there was a culture of tolerance during her time which allowed dissenting views geared towards the development of education.
“We created, adopted, practiced and maintained an atmosphere of tolerance. Nowhere did we dismiss a headmaster or threatened to dismiss one for expressing dissenting views”, she said.
According to Prof Opoku Agyemang, “Education is about linking minds, tolerating is about tolerating dissenting views and even dissenting actions”.
She noted that the CAMPUS CONNECT programme which was introduced during her tenure was a laudable initiative that sought to create an enabling platform to seek the views of tertiary students on the way forward as far as their development was concerned. She indicated that those who opposed the programme are now “weeping over lack of consultation”.
She added that as a people we need to communicate what we want and communicate same to politicians who are elected to serve.
KOJO DEI/ATL FM NEWS