The University Students Association of Ghana (USAG) has congratulated Professor Jane Naana Opoku Agyeman for her nomination and successful vetting as the Minister of Education.
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This was contained in a statement issued in Accra and signed by Mr Laud Addo, the President of the association.
The statement said education, which is one of the most complex, extensive and turbulent sectors in the country, was a crucial area regarding the developmental aspirations and forward march of the nation.
To this end, it said it was important to ensure that whoever headed the ministry was a very competent person, with deep knowledge and insight into the educational sector.
It said the person should be tough and thick-skinned, due to the complex nature of labour issues in that sector.
“Prof. Agyeman has a rich experience and exposure, her brilliant performance during her vetting proves that (she)… is not only knowledgeable about the issues regarding the education sector, but also has new ideas that she is bringing on board,” the statement said.
It said her background did not only give her a solid grasp of the issues, but having risen to the high office of Vice Chancellor, also let her appreciate the challenges that such high offices were likely to face in the performance of duties and responsibilities.
It expressed the hope that the performance of the Ministry of Education and the Ghana Education Service would be one of the most watched and observed in the next four years under Prof. Agyeman.
“As a national student body, USAG looks forward to a close partnership and collaboration with her, her deputy and the Ministry of Education as a whole to advance both the national and student development agenda,” the statement said.
In a related development, the Ghana National Union of Professional Students (GUPS) has congratulated Professor Opoku-Agyeman on her assumption of office.
A statement signed by Mr Michael Paa-Kwecy A. Adu, National President of the union, said “it is a simple truism and palpable fact that the educational sector plays a very pivotal role in the development of our nation Ghana”.
The statement urged Prof. Opoku-Agyeman to make good and maximum use of professionals in the country’s educational sector by tapping their expertise and getting them fully involved in all matters of importance.
It said GUPS was ready to work with the Minister in all possible ways to lift the educational sector to a higher pedestal.
“May your policies see to the upgrading and expansion of educational facilities; also we hope to see more relevant national goal-oriented policies, good incentives for teachers and subvention on fees paid by Ghanaian students in private institutions,” the statement added.
It said GUPS was very confident that Prof. Opoku-Agyeman, having been through all the levels of the educational ladder, and with her rich experience, as well as being a baked educationist, would bring to bear the experiences to give the education sector a facelift to ensure quality education in Ghana.
GUPS is a group of students in all tertiary institutions in the country that run professional programmes. -GNA