Mr Isaac Hyde (right) presenting the citation to Dr Opoku Prempeh
The National Union of Ghana Students (NUGS) has lauded the outgoing Minister of Education, Dr Matthew Opoku Prempeh, for his contribution towards education in Ghana and particularly for leading the rollout of the Free SHS programme.
The President of the NUGS, Mr Isaac Hyde, who made the commendations, reiterated the immense contribution of Dr Prempeh to the education sector during his tenure as the Minister of Education.
Mr Hyde said that when he led a delegation of executives of the union, including representatives from NUGS’ constituent bodies to honour Dr Opoku Prempeh in his office in Accra.
The various NUGS constituents who were part of the delegation were representatives from the University Students Association of Ghana (USAG), the Graduate Students Association of Ghana (GRASAG), Ghana Union of Professional Students (GUPS) and the Teacher Trainees Association of Ghana (TTAG).
The delegation decorated Dr Prempeh with a sash and presented him with a citation from the national executive. The various constituent bodies also presented citations to him.
Decorating Dr Prempeh, who is also the President’s representative at the Ministry of Education, and Minister designate for Energy, Mr Hyde recounted in particular the securitisation of the GETFund revenues to fund infrastructure development in various senior high schools (SHSs) and tertiary institutions and the COVID-19 support and interventions in education.
He also recalled the Free SHS programme, which had provided immense opportunity to many children who would otherwise not be able to access secondary education.
“It is for this reason that NUGS has decided to confer on him the status of ‘Dr Free SHS’, in recognition of his role in the rollout of the programme.
Responding to the honour done him, Dr Prempeh expressed his deep appreciation for the kind gesture by NUGS and its constituent bodies.
He emphasised that the government of President Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo came into office in 2017 as evangelists to preach their manifesto, particularly on Free SHS.
Dr Prempeh recalled that there were lots of doubts about the success of the programme but the government was prepared to ‘walk the talk’ and remained focused.
He also expressed his delight that he was leaving office “with one NUGS, as opposed to a fragmented one, in place”.
Dr Prempeh recalled his own experience as a NUGS leader back in the university and encouraged the NUGS to foster its relationships among its constituent bodies and also with the government.
He further urged them to avoid partisanship when engaging on national issues.