Ignorance In Bliss

An ignorant Minister of Education An ignorant Minister of Education

An ignorant Minister of Education is sufficiently harmful to the development of any nation because education is the means by which societies transfer knowledge and skills to the next generation.

The barrier between plain ignorance and stupidity is however crossed when a Minister of Education wallows in blissful display of ignorance.

Ghana's current Minister of Education is so obviously wallowing in bliss and demonstrating his ignorance to anybody who cares to listen to his blabbing.

His claim that Akufo-Addo is better than Nkrumah because he has introduced free Senior High School education is most ridiculous and exposes his lack of historical depth.

Indeed, I am tempted to suspect that even his master, Akufo-Addo would not make such a baseless claim, given the fact that the current President used to practically worship, Osagyefo Dr. Kwame Nkrumah against the expressed wishes of his father and family.

Nana Addo Dankwa Akuffo Akufo -Addo was a staunch member of the Convention Peoples Party (CPP) until February 24, 1966, when the Central Intelligence Agency (CIA) of the United States of America overthrew the Nkrumah government and installed a puppet regime with his father in its kitchen cabinet.

As a fact the current president did not abandon the CPP on principle. He did so purely as an opportunist who wanted to save his skin and leave his comrades to roast in the hell fire lighted by Kotoka and Afrifa.

Akufo-Addo's denunciation of the CPP followed his father's intervention to remove his name from a list of CPP activists who were to be detained by the National Liberation Council (NLC).

Fact is that Akufo-Addo supported what Nkrumah did through the life of his government and cannot turn around to cast the first stone today.

Be that as it may be, the facts of history speak volumes and exposes the propaganda of the New Patriotic Party (NPP) as nothing more than a pack of lies, slander and vilification,

Here are the facts;

First, when Nkrumah took office as Leader of Government Business in 1951, Ghana was not enjoying the huge oil revenue she now has. Secondly all the other natural resources of the Gold Coast were under the British colonial administration or giant corporations from the colonial metropolis.

It is important to stress that on his assumption of office, Nkrumah and his Ministers were shocked at the stark emptiness which greeted them at the Christiansburg Castle. There were no desks, no chairs not a sheet of paper; nothing!

This is where the Nkrumah government had to start from and yet the achievements of this first African Government has never been surpassed.

The facts are revealed in an article written by Comrade Michael Nunoo and published in the book "Fight Back; A Response to Anti-Nkrumah Provocations" by the Socialist Forum of Ghana (SFG).

Comrade Nunoo writes, "Measured against its 1951 Manifesto, the achievements of the CPP far exceeded expectation. According to Ministry of Education statistical data, enrolment in primary schools was 102, 138 in 1950, that is, before the CPP came to power. This figure increased to 456.290 in 1961 and to a phenomenal 1, 137 in 1966. During the period 1951-61, enrolment in 12 assisted secondary schools including Achimota and non-assisted schools increased from 2.776 and 3, 319 to 9, 882. By 1966, enrolment in public secondary schools had increased to 42,111. Enrolment in middle schools also increased by more than three-folds in 1951 to 139,984 in 1961, doubling to a remarkable 267,434 in 1966. Two university colleges were set up in Accra and Kumasi".

Just before we forget, under Nkrumah, primary school education as well as many aspects of Secondary School education were absolutely free. University education was also free. Students of educational institutions such as the Ghana Institute of Journalism, Ghana Institute of languages and Teacher Training Institutions did not pay fees and also enjoyed monthly allowances.

All these were stopped when the Danquah-Busiasts seized power from 1966 to 1972 and started Ghana's journey back to the colonial embrace.

In addiction to this unequalled record in education, Nkrumah built and operated more than 400 factories across the country, established a national airline, established a shipping line, developed a fully fledged national army, navy and air force, accelerated the pace of the independence struggle throughout Africa, played a key role in the formation of both the Non-Aligned Movement and the Organization of African Unity and many more.

How dare Mathew Opoku Prempeh compare Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo to the Osagyefo?

As they admonish in twi, he should rub his mouth in dirt to atone for his reckless utterances.

This young and pompous man betrays his ignorance in bliss.

Source: By James Osegu Boateng