Deputy Minister-designate for Education, John Ntim Fordjour noted that, the New Patriotic Party (NPP) government has made major investments in the Education Sector in the best interest of Ghanaians.
According to him, the Government of President Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo over the past five years has made major investments in education without compromising the quality and stressed that annual reports from the education sector show that quality has not been compromised.
The second-term Member of Parliament for Assin South informed the Committee that Government will complete abandoned school projects started by previous governments and hinted President Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo has completed twenty-nine (29) of former President John Dramani Mahama’s E-Block projects while the VALCO Trust intervention, among others, was geared towards eradicating schools under trees.
Asked if the free SHS policy could have been implemented differently with regards to infrastructure and funds in some constituencies where there are no classrooms, the nominee replied the Constitution doesn’t permit discrimination against individuals who seek to access education.
On the issue of the school feeding programme, he said the National Food Buffer Stock has been engaged to address challenges about the supply of food to Senior High Schools in the country in order to continue the supply of food to them and that the necessary stakeholders would be engaged as promised by the Ministry and also ensure the completion of abandoned projects under the GET Fund Projects.
The nominee admitted to sacrificing about 400,000 students because of infrastructure which according to him was not the best alternative, hence the reason to introduce the track system while assuring that the issue of infrastructure was being expeditiously addressed
with academic background in Mineral Engineering, Economic Policy Management and Foreign Policy John Ntim Fordjour appeared next before the Committee for evaluation and suitability for the Education Ministry.
A minister of the gospel, he holds a Master of Arts Degree (MA) in Economic Policy Management from the University of Ghana, Legon and Postgraduate Certificate in Governance and Anti-Corruption Methods from Georgetown University, Washington D.C. and is at the concluding stage (5th Year) of his PhD in Political Science.
The Deputy Minister-designate for Education has academic background in Mineral Engineering, Economic Policy Management and Foreign Policy .