President Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo has touted the amount of investment his Government has pumped into the education sector his his party was voted into power, noting that he has over his 5 years as president invested over GHC40 billion into education, double of Mahama’s investment in education which stands a little over GHC20 billion.
Delivering a speech at the 6th Quadrennial National Delegates Conference of the Ghana National Association of Teachers (GNAT), at the Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology, in Kumasi, he said, “so great has this government’s commitment to education been that public expenditure on education has almost doubled from twenty billion, seven hundred million cedis (GH¢20.7 billion) between 2013 and 2016, that is in the Mahama era, to forty billion, four hundred million cedis (GH¢40.4 billion) between 2017 and 2020, that is in the Akufo-Addo era, representing an increase of some ninety five percent (95%).”
Addressing the gathering at the event, Akufo-Addo noted that the Ghana National Association of Teachers (GNAT) is where it is today because of the efforts of people before them and he and his Government will also do their bid to better position education and the association in the country.
He also used the opportunity to laud the efforts of teachers during the peak of COVID-19, in ensuring that our children did not miss out on lessons thought schools were closed down.
“Continuous assessment, the Basic Education Certificate Examination (BECE) and the West Africa Senior Secondary Certificate Examination (WASSCE) have all been written by thousands and thousands of students, under your care and guidance, in conditions of safety and orderliness, and without incident. The nation is extremely appreciative of these acts of selflessness and patriotism,” he said