Ex-President Kufuor Was An Exceptional John

Former President John Agyekum Kufuor has dismissed assertions that all governments since 1992 have failed to reform the country’s educational system.

The ex-President argued that during his tenure as President from 2000 to 2008, the educational sector underwent major restructuring, notable amongst them, the introduction of the four-year Senior High School (SHS) policy.

This response comes on the back of accusations on Citi FM’s news analysis programme, the Big Issue, that all four Presidents under the Fourth Republic; John Rawlings, John Kufour, John Mills and John Mahama, have deliberately schemed to keep Ghanaians in perpetual poverty.

The President of Innovative Teachers, Ghana, Stephen Desu, who made the comment, said the grand scheme is being carried out by their deliberate refusal to reform the education sector to develop the human resource of the nation. 

“The four Johns that we have seen, I think that is the agenda they have prosecuted and it has not stopped,” he claimed.

But the Spokesperson for former President Kufuor disagreed with Stephen Desu’s assertion.

Frank Agyekum told Citi News, “I disagree with him entirely. I disagree with him as far as President Kufuor is concerned.”

According to him, the educational policies that were put in place during President Kufuor’s tenure could pass as one of the best in the country.

Stephen Desu, President of Innovative Teachers
Frank Agyekum however indicated that perhaps, because ex-President Kufuor “did not raise the standards to the level that everybody expects,” that may have accounted for his inclusion in the list of Johns who have disappointed the nation when it comes to education.

Stressing on the four-year SHS introduced by the Kufuor administration, the ex-President’s spokesperson said: “I believe that anybody who looks at the four years under the Kufuor regime compared to the three years, everybody will agree that the four years was a much better.”

“With the four years, they came out more matured, they came out more competent, and the results showed that the pass rate during the four years was much higher than we have now.”