The education system in Ghana is one of the best and most stable in Africa. The ministry of education is about to launch the much anticipated double track system for senior high school education which many have described as innovative. With all this, you might be asking yourself, who is the deputy minister of education 2018? The right question, however, might be who are the deputy ministers of education? There are two deputy ministers of education in Ghana who are in charge of Technical and Vocational Education, and on the other hand, Training (TVET) and Basic & Secondary Education. In this article we will get into the lives of these personalities and find out their contribution to the education system in Ghana.
You might already be wondering who the deputy minister of education is. But as stated earlier, there are two deputy ministers of education in Ghana. Mrs Barbara Ayisi Archer is the deputy minister of education in charge of Technical and Vocational Education and Training (TVET) whiles Dr Yaw Osei Adutwum is the deputy minister in charge of Basic & Secondary Education in Ghana. The Ministry of Education Ghana takes its role very seriously and as a result we have multiple deputy ministers. Dr. Yaw Osei Adutwum and Barbara Ayisi Archer are the deputy ministers of education who are responsible for the development that we are seeing in the education system in Ghana. You might however be wondering, who is the deputy minister of education in charge of tertiary education? That would be the Minister of State - Hon. Prof. Kwesi Yankah.
Profile of Mrs. Barbara Ayisi Archer
Born: 12th February, 1976 in Efutu, Cape Coast
Age :42 years old currently
Occupation: Politician, Minister, Educationist
Marital status : Married (with 2 children)
Religion: Christianity (Victory Bible Church International).
Famous for: She is well known for her advise and views concerning the use of the mother tongue in teaching and urged teachers to use the mother tongue at the lower primary level to improve the ability of children to grasp lessons.
Barbara Ayisi Acher’s biography
Mrs. Barbara Ayisi Acher has served her nation in many ways prior to her appointment as the deputy minister of education. Between 2003-2006, Mrs. Acher served in the Ghana Education Service as the Form mistress. She then served as a house mistress in Wesley Girls Senior High School from 2010 to 2016. Apart from being the deputy minister of education, she is also the MP for Cape Coast North constituency, in the Central region.
Mrs. Acher has always shown support for the youth of the society. A display of such devotion to the youth of Ghana was when she attended the Miss Malaika 2017 event. For a deputy minister of education age is just a number as she shows her youthful side when she attends these type of events.
Many students who have benefited from the work of the minister in their schools like to call themselves Barbara Ayisi Archer children. She has a heart for the work she does and it is seen in every aspect of her life.
Education of Mrs. Barbara Ayisi Acher
As you would assume from a deputy minister of education, Mrs. Barbara Ayisi Acher is well educated. She is a product of the prestigious Wesley Girls High School in Cape Coast. For her tertiary education, she attended the University of Education and the University of Cape Coast. She currently has a Masters of Philosophy degree in English Literature.
Achievements of Mrs. Barbara Ayisi Acher
Did you search for “deputy minister of education achievements”? At 42 years old, Mrs. Barbara Ayisi Acher is one of the youngest members of parliament in Ghana. She is also a member of the Education Committee, which is a twenty member committee to which all questions in relation to education in Ghana are referred to. She is also a member of the Foreign Affairs Committee and the Appointments Committee which is composed of the First Deputy Speaker as Chairman and not more than 25 other Members. This Appointments Committee is responsible for recommending to Parliament for approval or otherwise, people who are nominated by the President for high appointments such as Ministers of State and their Deputies, Members of the Council of State, and such other important and sensitive roles specified under the Constitution or any other enactment. These are remarkable feats.
Deputy Minister for Basic & Secondary Education in Ghana
The role of the minister for Basic and Secondary Education in Ghana is an important one at the forefront of the free Senior High School Education plan. Dr. Yaw Osei Adutwum is the deputy minister of education in charge of Basic and Secondary Education. We will now take a look at the life and achievements of Dr Yaw Osei Adutwum.
Profile of Yaw Osei Adutwum
Born: 9th April 1964 in Jachie, Ashanti Region
Age: 54 years currently
Occupation: Politician and Educationist
Marital status: Married
Famous for: Being the founder of New Designs Charter Schools. Apart from that, Yaw Osei Adutwum is also famous for fluently speaking up to eight local Ghanaian dialects which include Gonja, Hausa, Ga, Fante, Krobo, and Wala.
Yaw Osei Adutwum biography
Yaw Osei Adutwum isn’t the deputy minister in charge of basic education only, he is the current deputy minister of education in charge of Basic and Secondary Education in Ghana.The deputy minister of education has also reiterated his commitment by ensuring application of the free Senior High School (SHS) policy. Through this initiative, thousands of students who would have not had the right to education were given the opportunity to attend SHS. Dr. Yaw Osei Adutwum also gave the assurance and said that the government was collaborating with various partners to implement major programmes and interventions to guarantee quality.
Hon. Dr. Yaw Osei Adutwum is the current Deputy Minister of Education and the Founder and former Chief Executive Officer of New Designs Charter Schools. The school has about 1200 students in grades 6-12 in Los Angeles. Through his college preparatory focus New Designs Charter Schools’ minimum graduation requirements exceed California’s a-g requirements which set the criteria for acceptance into four year universities. One hundred percent of New Designs High school graduates meets the a-g requirement which boosts the school’s four -year university college acceptance rate to not less than 95 percent.
Dr. Yaw Osei Adutwum also participates in accreditation visits to high schools through the Western Association of Schools and Colleges and has served as accreditation committee chair on several visits. Concerning his family, Dr. Yaw Osei Adutwum likes to keep his family life personal. Even a search for “Dr. Yaw Osei Adutwum wife” will give you very little information about his family. We are sure he has his reasons for keeping it as such.
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Dr. Yaw Osei Adutwum’s experience
Prior to founding the first New Designs Charter School, he worked as a Mathematics and Information Technology teacher at Manual Arts High School for ten years. At Manual Arts High School, he founded the International Studies Academy, which served as a small learning community where many students thrived socially and academically. In addition he served as a Lead Math Teacher in the USC/Manual Arts Neighborhood Academic Initiative (NAI).
His experience in the NAI program confirmed his belief that high standards in a well-structured learning environment could lead to higher levels of student achievement. Most of the students he taught in the NAI program proceeded to higher education in institutions like UCLA, USC, Yale, UC Berkeley, Stanford, and Cornell University among others.
At the national level he served for two years as a member of a task force established by National Research Center for Career and Technical to develop a national model for career and technical education at the high school and college levels. The project which was coordinated by the New Designs for Learning center based at the University of Oregon and was headed by George Copa, a professor of education and a career and technical education expert.
Education of Dr. Yaw Osei Adutwum
Dr. Yaw Osei Adutwum grew up in Ghana and obtained a Bachelor’s degree in Land Economy (Business Administration with a major in Real Estate) from the Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology prior to immigrating to the US. In addition he has a Masters degree in Education Management from University of La Verne and a PhD in Educational Policy, Planning and Administration from the University of Southern California (USC).
Dr. Yaw Osei Adutwum’s achievements
Yaw Osei Adutwum, Chief Executive Officer: Yaw is the CEO of New Designs Charter School. Prior to his current position he worked as Mathematics and a Business/Information Technology teacher at Manual Arts High School. He holds a teaching credential in Business Education as well as a California State Administrative Services Credential. His experience as a Mathematics teacher in the USC/Manual Arts Neighborhood Academic Initiative taught him what high standards in a well structured college and high school partnership could do for "at risk" students. Most of the students he taught while teaching in the program have proceeded to pursue advanced studies in Universities like UCLA, USC, Yale, UC Berkeley, Stanford, and Cornell University.
In 1997 he graduated from the University of La Verne with a Master of Education (M.Ed) degree in Educational Management. He wrote his Masters Degree thesis on "the evolution of Charter schools in California". He has completed a PhD program coursework in Educational Policy and Administration at the University of Southern California. Between 2000 and 2002 he served as a member of the New Designs Team-a thirteen person national team of educators and industry experts that evaluated career and technical education programs around the country. Yaw has extensive experience working with community organizations in South Central Los Angeles. In December 2002, he was recognized by the Supervisor Yvonne Burke for his services to the residents of Los Angeles County.
In December 2002, he was recognized by the Supervisor Yvonne Burke for his services to the residents of Los Angeles County. As a Math and Technology teacher in the LAUSD Dr. Yaw Adutwum observed a disturbing trend of a high drop-out rate in that state and vowed to do whatever he could to correct the situation. Through seminars and observations, he noticed that his students were just as gifted as any he encountered in the more affluent districts. The problem he saw was a lack of motivation and low academic self-esteem. His students simply needed something to be a part of; a place where their opinions mattered and where they were challenged to do more. He also, understood that he would need the freedom to implement his vision if he was ever going to be able to positively impact the youth of South Los Angeles. With that in mind, he began an eight-year journey in which he went to countless educational conferences, professional development meetings, and spent thousands of dollars getting his masters and doctorate in education to better prepare him to start his own school.
The school that Dr. Adutwum envisioned was New Designs Charter School. The School serves as an educational oasis in South Los Angeles. Students at New Designs are not just coming to school they are coming to their extended family. The entire faculty and staff of the school have bought into the concept of educating the whole child. Although, standardized testing and academic achievement are taken very seriously at New Designs they are not the sole focus. In fact, every morning students take part in a "mood check" in which they share their feelings with their classmates and teachers. In addition, each student has a faculty advisor who assists them both academically and socially.
Consequently, with all the individual attention that the students receive they have responded with one of the highest Academic Performance Index, (API) scores in the city. In addition, due to the devotion of the faculty, students, and parents, the school was able to attain WASC accreditation in only its second year of operation. The school has been able to achieve all of this with all of its funding coming from Average Daily Attendance, (ADA). In short, New Designs functions at a high level of productivity with a minimum of economic input.
Therefore, it is even more remarkable that New Designs Charter School is at the forefront of pedagogical reform and its students are performing at exceptionally high levels. New Designs Charter School serves as a reminder that when presented with the opportunity, students of color and low economic status can perform just as well as their more affluent counterparts.
In Ghana, Dr. Adutwum serves on the committee on Works and Housing Committee and the Poverty Reduction Strategy Committee.
Pictures of Yaw Osei Adutwum and Mrs. Barbara Ayisi Archer
List of President Nana Akufo Addo’s ministers
Ever wanted to have a list of Nana Akufo Addo Ministers who are currently in office? Below is a comprehensive list of current ministers of state and deputy ministers in Ghana under the Nana Akufo Addo government.
1. Minister of State at the Office of the President
- Hon Sarah Adwoa Safo President – Public Procurement
2. Minister of State at the Office of the President
- Hon. Brian Acheampong
3. Minister of State at the Ministry of Agriculture
- Dr. Nurah Gyeile
4. Minister of State at the Ministry of Education - Tertiary Education
- Prof. Kwesi Yankah
The names of the nominees for Deputy Ministers are as follows:
1. Ministry of Finance
- Hon Kwaku Kwarteng
- Hon Abena Osei Asare
- Charles Adu Boahen
2. Ministry of Energy
- Hon Owuraku Aidoo
- Hon Joseph Cudjoe
- Dr. Mohammed Amin Anta
3. Ministry of Local Government and Rural Development
- Hon Osei Bonsu Amoah
- Hon Collins Ntim
- Hon Kwasi Boateng Agyei
4. Ministry of Information
- Hon Kojo Oppong Nkrumah
- Hon Ama Dokuaa Asiamah Agyei;
- Perry Curtis Kwabla Okudzeto
5. Ministry of Agriculture
- Hon William Agyapong Quaitoo;
- Hon Dr Sagre Bambangi
- Hon George Oduro
6. Ministry of Trade and Industry
- Hon Carlos Kingsley Ahenkorah
- Robert Ahomka-Lindsey
7. Ministry of Roads and Highways
- Hon Kwabena Owusu Aduomi
- Hon Anthony N-Yoh Puowele Karbo
8. Ministry of Lands and Natural Resources
- Hon Benito Owusu Bio
- Hon Barbara Oteng Gyasi
9. Ministry of Works and Housing
- Hon Freda Prempeh;
- Hon Eugene Antwi
10. Ministry of Education
- Hon Dr Yaw Osei Adutwum
- Hon Barbara Ayisi Archer
11. Office of Attorney General and Ministry of Justice
- Godfred Dame
- Hon Joseph Dinkiok Kpemka
12. Ministry of Health
- Hon Kingsley Aboagye Gyedu
- Hon Tina Mensah
13. Ministry of Railways Development
- Hon Kwaku Agyenim Boateng
- Hon Andy Appiah-Kubi
14. Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Regional Integration
- Hon Mohammed Habbib Tijani
- Charles Owiredu
15. Ministry of Communications
- Hon George Andah
- Hon Vincent Sowah Odotei
16. Ministry of Water Resources and Sanitation
- Hon Patrick Boamah
- Hon Michael Yaw Gyato
17. Ministry of Defence
- Hon Maj. Derrick Oduro
18. Ministry of The Interior
- Hon Henry Quartey
19. Ministry of Environment, Science and Technology and Innovation
- Hon Patricia Appiagyei
20. Ministry of Regional Re-organisation and Development
- Martin Agyei-Mensah Korsah
21. Ministry of Transport
- Hon Nii Kwartei Titus Glover
22. Ministry of Employment And Social Welfare
- Hon Bright Wireko Brobbey
23. Ministry of Fisheries And Aquaculture
- Hon Francis Kingsley Ato Cudjoe
24. Ministry of Aviation
- Hon Kwabena O. Darko-Mensah
25. Ministry of Chieftaincy and Religious Affairs
- Hon Paul Essien
26. Ministry of Gender, Children and Social Protection
- Hon Gifty Twum Ampofo
27. Ministry of Youth And Sports
- Pius Enam Hadzide
28. Ministry of Tourism, Creative Arts And Culture
- Hon Dr Ziblim Barri Iddi
29. Ministry of Monitoring And Evaluation
Hon William Kwasi Sabi