GNAT Challenges Education Minister’s Call to Close Non-Performing Schools

GNAT General Secretary and President
GNAT General Secretary and President

The Education Minister of Ghana, Dr. Yaw Osei Adutwum, has been criticized by the Ghana National Association of Teachers (GNAT) for threatening to shut down schools that fail to improve their educational outcomes.

Speaking at a meeting with the Conference of Heads of Assisted Secondary Schools (CHASS) and Principals of Technical and Vocational Education and Training (TVET), the Minister challenged the heads of schools and technical institutions to produce good results.

He recommended that schools with a pass rate of less than 10% put in place intervention programs to help students succeed in their exams.

The Minister argued that shutting down non-performing schools would prevent the government from incurring financial losses and enable affected students to be placed in nearby schools to continue their education.


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However, GNAT’s General Secretary, Thomas Musah, disagreed with the Minister’s comments, believing they were inappropriate.

“This is totally misplaced. That is not where that comment should go. For these schools that he is talking about, those who go there have poor grades, you put all these in one place and expect the heads to do magic. The Minister should sometimes consult.”



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