Few days ago, Former Ministers of Education met the current Minister of Education, Dr. Yaw Osei Adutwum to share and discuss good practices on effective social and policy dialogue, while developing a common understanding of the main challenges, identifying actions to address them, and developing ultimate strategies to overcome them, which would go a long way in getting the best strategies and ideas which when harnessed, would push the development agenda of the country.

Present at the meeting included Yaw Osafo-Marfo, Ms. Betty Mould Iddrissu, Prof. Dominic Fobih, Dr. Ekow Spio-Garbrah, Ms. Joyce Aryee, Prof. Ameyaw Ekumfi, Paapa Owusu Ankomah, and Dr. Mrs. Christiana Amoako Nuamah.

Conspicuously missing at the meeting were Prof. Jane Naana Opoku-Agyemang, the immediate past running-mate of the opposition National Democratic Congress and Dr. Matthew Opoku Prempeh, the Minister of Energy.

Per our checks, Dr. Opoku Prempeh was on an official assignment as the energy minister. However, a deep throat information has it that, Prof. Opoku Agyemang was advised by the leadership of the NDC to boycott this important meeting.

As an educationist who has served as Vice Chancellor of one of the traditional universities in the country, Education Minister and running-mate of the biggest opposition party, her presence at the meeting would have been very necessary, but unfortunately, she chose party interest over national interest.

At a time that all the former Ministers of Education had put national interest ahead of party and individual interests, just to have an extensive meeting on Ghana’s educational system which is currently undergoing some form of restructuring, and expected to go a long way to help improve teaching and learning, ex-President John Mahama influenced Prof. Naana Opoku Agyemang to snub this meeting of national interest.