- Education Minister says he has not awarded a $350 million contract to supply the new school uniforms to a relative
- According to the statement from the Ministry of Education, all the reports on social media are false and without merit
The Minister for Education, Dr. Matthew Opoku Prempeh, says claims that he has awarded a $350 million contract to a relative for the supply the new school uniforms are false.
A statement from the Ministry on Friday, April 12, 2019 rubbished the claims and called on the public to totally disregard the story.
The Ghana Education Service (GES) launched new school uniforms for Junior High School (JHS) pupils on Thursday, April 11.
The pupils are expected to start wearing the new school uniform from next academic year, 2019-2020.
The GES said the purpose of the new uniform is to distinguish junior high school students from their peers in primary school.
The Service added that the move is a psychological strategy to make the pupils see themselves as part of the Senior High School education system before they even get to that stage.
However, moments after the launch, reports emerged that the Education Minister had awarded a $350m contract to one of his relatives to supply the new school uniforms.
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Dr. Matthew Opoku Prempeh has, however, strongly denied the claims, insisting the story is untrue.
A statement signed by the Deputy Communications Director of the Education Ministry, Kwasi Obeng-Fosu, said urged the public to treat the story with the contempt it deserves.
The Minister said he has awarded no contract and has no relative called Ebenezer Opoku Prempeh, who was cited in a social media story as the one the contract was awarded to.
Meanwhile, the introduction of the new uniforms for JHS pupils has divided opinion among Ghanaians, with some suggesting it is a misplaced priority.
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