Dr. Joyce Aryee, founder of the Salt and Light Ministries, has said that President Mahama's flaunting of his administrations achievements in the education sector is a slap in the face.
Dr. Aryee, speaking on Joy FM's Super Morning Show on Friday January 6th, the former CEO of the Ghana Chamber of Mines expressed her disappointment at the President Mahama's comments in his final State of the Nation address.
“For me, it was almost like a slap in the face because teachers have been complaining that they have not been posted. So to say that you’ve trained so many when they have not been posted to do their work, it is almost like doing a campaign.”
During Presidnet Mahama's final State of the Nation address he pointed out that the education sector had witnessed a significant improvement during his tenure as the country's president.
“Teachers are more available and are more evenly distributed than in the past. Teacher absenteeism is down from 27% to below 9%. This has led to more engagement hours between teachers and students," said the president.
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On the other hand, Dr Aryee asked what good the teachers President Mahama was alluding to had not been posted.
On the subject of textbooks, Dr. Aryee said, "He did say that people have textbooks, which is fine, but again one would need to go through the textbooks and see whether they are relevant for our time.”
Dr. Aryee did, however, compliment President Mahama's bravery, saying that the NDC defeat was a big blow to the President.
“this loss of election has been a big blow. Other presidents as we have known from Jerry John Rawlings to Kufuor have left after serving the eight years where they couldn’t have come to serve anymore. It is not easy to be remembered as the one-term president. I think he was brave, he spoke well under the circumstances.”