Tuesday, 23 July

Public schools rebranding: We’re switching to blue and white, we’re painting all schools – Adutwum

Dr. Adutwum emphasised the importance of this transformation in rejuvenating basic education in Ghan

The Minister of Education, Dr. Yaw Osei Adutwum, has announced a sweeping rebranding initiative set to transform the appearance of public basic schools across the country. 

This entails repainting all schools from their current brown and yellow hues to a vibrant blue and white palette, alongside the introduction of new uniforms for students.

During a forum titled: “The free SHS story” held in Accra, Dr. Adutwum emphasised the importance of this transformation in rejuvenating basic education in Ghana. 

“We are switching to blue and white. We are painting all the schools to give them an attractive outlook. This is the transformation Ghana deserves and it is coming,” the minister stated.

Meanwhile, in addition to the repainting effort, Dr. Adutwum announced the discontinuation of the current brown and yellow uniforms worn by students in public basic schools. 

As part of efforts to enhance the image of public education in Ghana, the Education Minister, Dr Yaw Osei-Adutwum, has introduced a new set of uniforms for basic school students. 

He said: “We are rebranding public schools. No brown and yellow, blue and white, and we are changing the uniforms too. This is President Akufo-Addo and Vice-President Mahamudu Bawumia’s Ghana. We have begun the transformation.”

Addressing critics who accuse him of neglecting basic schools, Dr Adutwum defended the move, envisioning a future where parents clamour to enroll their children in public schools due to the improvements being made. 

“I look forward to a day when parents will line up in front of the school and beg to enroll their children,” he indicated.

However, the initiative has sparked controversy, with the Deputy Ranking Member of the Education Committee in Parliament, Dr Clement Apaak, condemning it as a misplaced priority. 

Dr Apaak highlighted the pressing issues facing public basic schools, including arrears in capitation grants and a lack of textbooks and furniture.

“In spite of these glaring and debilitating challenges, why will the government seek to spend resources in rebranding our public basic schools by introducing a new uniform?” Dr Apaak quizzed.

This move marks the second uniform change under the Akufo-Addo Administration, following the alteration introduced by the former Education Minister, Dr Matthew Opoku Prempeh, in 2019, who now serves as the Energy Minister.

Source: classfmonline.com/Elikem Adiku