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Akufo-Addo’s zeal for education keeps me sleepless – Minister

Education Minister, Dr. Matthew Opoku Prempeh, has admitted having sleepless nights partly due to the many reforms he is leading in the sector.

The reforms span the government’s free SHS programme, double track system, developing new curriculum for basic schools as well as the introduction of teacher licensure examination.

But as Joy News Fostina Sarfo reports, Dr. Opoku Prempeh, speaking at the Jolly Phonics Conference in Accra Tuesday, told his audience that the enthusiasm in pursuit of the successful implementation of these reforms is depriving him of his beauty sleep.

Also known as “Napo,” the Minister said President Nana Akufo-Addo invariably had a question for him regarding the policies being introduced in education anytime they met.

“The last time we met he said ‘What are you doing for teachers? NAPO if we don’t do something for teachers we won’t make headway o.’  The next time he said ‘this language thing what is it about?’ The other time it was ‘this curriculum when are you going to finish?’”

The man trusted by the President to head that Ministry however, said despite the challenges, he is happy to lead the reforms in the sector and expressed the determination to see to the successful implementation.

“We have to do free SHS and now double track and we have to do tertiary education and opening it up for more people [students] especially the poor and vulnerable. Four big issues, it keeps me sleepless and I’m always awake,” he revealed.

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