11:49, 12.Jul 2018
The Ministry of Education (MoE) has refuted suggestions that the Minister of Education, Dr. Matthew Opoku Prempeh has given his relative a contract for the procurement of school uniforms for Junior High School pupils.
News was rife on social media following the launch of new school uniforms for JHSs by the Ghana Education Service (GES) that Dr. Prempeh has issued a contract worth $350m for the supply of uniforms.
However, a statement signed by Deputy Communications Director at the Ministry of Education, Kwasi Obeng-Fosu, which was released on Friday, 12 April 2019 said: “The Minister wishes to state emphatically, for the avoidance of doubt, that the story is false, without merit and the figment of someone’s imagination, designed to cause disaffection towards him”.
The release added that the false reports referred to the “so-called relative, said to be Ebenezer Opoku Prempeh” at various points as the minister’s brother, son and nephew but the minister emphasises “that he has no relative by that name”.
Making the announcement at a press conference in Accra on Thursday, 11 April 2019, the Director-General of the Ghana Education Service (GES), Prof Kwasi Opoku Amankwa said the new uniform will differentiate JHS pupils from basic school pupils.
The new uniforms, he noted, will come with a revised curriculum.