Incontestable data on education outcomes puts President Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo miles ahead of former President Mahama, according to the Minister for Education, Dr. Yaw Osei Adutwum.
The Minister, who was addressing the media to set the records straight, on who among the two has better records in the education sector, said available evidence shows that President Akufo-Addo has performed far better than his predecessor.
He said the sitting President has implemented impactful interventions, which has improved outcomes compared to what pertained in 2015 under the erstwhile Mahama administration.
Dr. Adutwum supported his assertion by making comparison of students’ achievements in 2015 and 2022, which shows a much improved performance under President Akufo-Addo.
He revealed that only two per cent of pupils in lower primary could read and write in 2015, but the situation has significantly improved to 38 per cent in 2022.
Contrary to concerns that increasing access to Senior High School will negatively affect quality, the WASSCE results in the last three years of Free Senior High School show that quality is not compromised.
He said 50 per cent of WASSCE candidates under Free Senior High School in the last three years obtained A1-C6 in all core subjects.
“Data from schools like Presbyterian SHS in Mampong, Odogorno SHS, and Ahantaman Girls SHS which previously recorded 0.95 per cent, 10.34 per cent, and 0.20 per cent respectively in 2015 are currently scoring a pass rate of 57.68 per cent and 46.05 per cent, and 42.12 per cent, he stated.