The Minister of Education, Dr Matthew Opoku Prempeh (Napo) has alleged that he has seen messages from the opposition National Democratic Congress (NDC) which purport that former President John Mahama bussed people to the Independence Square to cause chaos in relation to the recent senior high school placement.
Hundreds of Basic Education Certificate Examination (BECE) candidates have been thronging the Independence Square with their parents since Monday, 16 September 2019, in connection with the placement of students into senior high schools (SHSs) and technical and vocational institutes (TVIs).
The aggrieved parents and candidates besieged the Accra Solution Centre set up by the Ghana Education Service (GES) to handle concerns relating to the placement of prospective students in SHSs and TVIs.
Seven people, including four female students, a pregnant woman and two male students, collapsed during the process and had to be rushed to the Greater Accra Regional Hospital for medication attention, after which they were discharged.
According to Dr Prempeh, however, over 90 per cent of the BECE candidates have been placed into second-cycle institutions and that the crowding at the Independence Square was staged by opposition elements to paint a bad image for the Akufo-Addo government.
Dr Prempeh, who was a guest on Asempa FM’s Ekosiisen show on Tuesday, 17 September 2019 said he had messages to buttress his claim, stating: “Please, it is from the NDC camp”.
He said someone asked in a message if he (Napo) was going for an interview on Tuesday. The minister further claimed that some of the messages he has read: “Dr, some of the people who were at the Independence Square, about 50% were bussed by JDM. The agenda is to use it and see if they can let people forget about the issue in Kumasi”.
When he was told by the host, Osei Bonsu that the message he read implies an allegation against someone (Mr Mahama), who could take him on, the minister said he was not perturbed by any consequential action by any individual whose name has emerged to be influencing the crowd at the Independence Square.
“He should take [me on],” he dared, adding, “He thinks I’m afraid?”
He emphasised that he was not afraid of anyone.