Secretary to former President John Dramani Mahama, Joyce Mogtari, has scolded the Minister of Education, Dr Matthew Opoku PrempehDr Matthew Opoku Prempeh, over his recent attack on Prof Naana Jane Opoku Agyeman, his predecessor, who served in the previous government.
In a statement signed by her, she said Mr Prempeh’s attacks were borne out of conceit and the realisation that Prof Opoku Agyemang set very high standards that were difficult for him to overcome.
While detailing what she believes were worthy achievements of the former education minister during the administration of the National Democratic Congress (NDC), Joyce Bawa Mogtari said Prof Opoku Agyemang’s “diligent works and strong educational reforms have raised Ghana’s image in education to enviable heights.”
Napo as the current education minster is affectionately known in a radio interview last week described Prof Opoku Agyemang as an ‘embarrassment Education Minister.’
“She doesn’t understand education…her four-year tenure under John Mahama was an embarrassment,” he said.
“I am still not sure what it is that supposedly provoked our Minister for Education, Matthew Opoku Prempeh, to embarrass himself and cause people to lower further their perception of him, with his public insults and vulgarism against Professor Naana Jane Opoku-Agyemang.
“They are from two different political ideologies, yes, but must that by itself cause a person appointed by the State and who should be a role model to others, to behave and publicly, in that manner,” the statement said.
According to the statement, Prof Opoku Agyemang cannot be said to be his usual politician, but one who has a firm belief in the social democratic philosophy of the National Democratic Congress (NDC).
“Of the many appointees of state over the years, Prof Opoku-Agyemang, Ghana’s first female Vice Chancellor of a University, is thought among the few that did not only bring dignity to their positions but demonstrated that public service officers or political appointees can be focused, measured, committed and dedicated to the job of implementing the vision of the leader/President in a manner helps improve the lives of the Ghanaian people,” it said.
The statement added that Napo’s comments were borne out of arrogance and the realisation that the standards set by Prof Opoku-Agyemang at the Education Ministry were far higher for him to stand up to, let alone surpass.
“Here is a brilliant female scholar, a professional, an educationist and a patriotic Ghanaian whose diligent works and strong educational reforms have raised Ghana’s image in education to enviable heights,” it added.