A group calling itself, 'Friends of NAPO' have jumped to the
defence of the Education Minister, Dr Mathew Opoku Prempeh following a media publication that suggests that he “appears to know next to nothing about education.”
According to the group, the suggestion that President Akufo-Addo only appointed
In a statement reacting on behalf of the group in the Manhyia South constituency where
He said the “Africawatch, magazine that prides itself of being America’s only pan-African monthly magazine and has been absent from the Ghanaian newsstands since January 2018” falsely suggested that President Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo appointed Dr Prempeh to appease a very prominent Ashanti chief.
“Interestingly, Dr Mathew Napo Opoku Prempeh, the education minister who was appointed by Akufo-Addo to appease a very prominent Ashanti chief, appears to know next to nothing about education, and as such has been doing anything substantive except to respond to even constructive criticisms with insults,” the magazine published in its October 2018 edition which focuses on Ghana, with the headline “Ghana: A Nation In Despair.”
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He said the Education Minister, who topped all ministers in the assessment made by the government, is qualified like any other Ghanaian and does not need any chief to lobby for his appointment.
He said Dr. Prempeh has served the New Patriotic Party (NPP) well and has the requisite educational background and political experience to hold a ministerial position.
He said the estimation of the Africawatch magazine that Dr. Prempeh does not take constructive criticism was “another palpable falsehood against the minister, who is rather known to be ever ready to share ideas and consult others for the betterment of the educational sector.”
“It is instructive to know that there have been several attempts to run the Free SHS
In doing so, the Education Minister has been the target of the grand murky agenda to sabotage the Free SHS to the extent that some elements offered money to serial callers to denigrate the minister on
Dr. Prempeh was born on May 23,
In 2016, he was re-elected with 35,958 votes, representing 87.17 percent of the votes cast.
He studied human biology and medicine at the Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology (KNUST), later continuing post-graduate studies at the Netherlands Institute of Health Sciences and the Kennedy School of Government at Harvard University.
Prior to entering Parliament, he served as CEO of
He is a Christian and a nephew of former President John Agyekum Kufuor.
As a Cabinet Minister, Dr. Prempeh is part of the inner circle of President Akufo-Addo and is to aid in key decision-making activities in the country.