The Minister-designate for Education, Dr Yaw Osei Adutwum has said that he would not advocate for the cancellation of the licensure exams for teachers in the Ghana Education Service.
Responding to questions from the vetting committee of parliament on Thursday, February 11, 2021, on his nomination, the Education Minister-designate said the licensure exams is a way of accessing the future teachers in this country.
Closure of Schools
The Minister-designate for Education, Dr Yaw Osei Adutwum, has backed the government’s resolve to keep schools open despite the surge in coronavirus cases.
He said the Ghana Health Service (GHS) and the Ghana Education Service (GES) are on top of issues to ensure that students are protected from the virus.
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The minister-designate also indicated that he intends to communicate with relevant stakeholders to work on getting a bill that will be agreeable to all interested parties.
Dr Adutwum was responding to a question on the controversies that the Public University Bill has generated.
Dr Adutwum informed the Committee that the government plans to build 20 centres in some selected communities for students to have unique skills and prepare for the job market.
He indicated his support for the Science Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) which he described as a good initiative.
Answering questions relating to how students can have access to student loans without guarantors, Dr Adutwum said he intends to transform the procedure in accessing student loans.
He stressed that it should be possible for students to apply for loans at the time they were applying for admission to the university so that they can access it immediately they get admission.
Payment of PTA dues
Speaking on why the schools are not being allowed to collect development levy or Parent Teachers Association (PTA) levy, the Minister-Designate for Education told the Committee that government is now paying the development levy and that the schools can use that money for development.
Distribution of PPEs
Touching on how the government was distributing PPEs, the nominee indicated that PPEs are being distributed to both private and public schools.
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