Dumsor crisis NPP blames dumsor for Ghana’s poor showing on global educational ranking

The NPP says the poor performance by Ghana on the global ranking was a a result of the power crisis.

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The New Patriotic Party (NPP) has blamed Ghana's poor performance on the power crisis in the latest global ranking which placed Ghana last among 76 countries by the Organisation for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD).

The report on the survey of 76 countries - released on Tuesday, May 12 - saw Singapore top the log with Ghana bottom.

The NPP in a statement signed by its Communications Director Nana Akomea said, “This comprehensive survey has gone to reaffirm the point consistently made by the NPP, that there is an intrinsic link between investment in education and the correspondent growth in the economy.”

“Ghana coming in last on this global list is not by accident because investment in education has slumped under President John Mahama and standards are feared to even fall further this year, with Government refusing to release funds for schools and dumsor affecting studies.”

It said the NPP, whose major campaign message in the past two general elections has centered on (free) education – is encouraged by the projections made about Ghana in the survey report.

“According to the findings, ‘If Ghana, the lowest ranked country, achieved basic skills for all its 15-year-olds, the report says that it would expand its current GDP by 38 times, over the lifetime of today's youngsters.’

“This vindicates the message that our Presidential Candidate, Nana Akufo-Addo, has been consistently preaching since 2008 that ‘no Ghanaian should be denied education to the secondary level’ and that education must be free from kindergarten to Senior High School.”

Nana Akomea insisted that the party's leader, Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo, is resolute in making the senior high education accessible and compulsory for all Ghanaian children who have attained school-going age.

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