Mr. Kwami Alorvi, the social commentator whose allegation that the Minister of Education, Dr. Yaw Osei Adutwum, has enrolled his son into a private Senior High School at Kumasi even though he has been touting the Government’s Free SHS program, has returned with further and better particulars after the Minister denied the claim.
In a write-up, Mr. Alorvi details how he and a team of investigators traveled to the International Community School (ICS) to confirm to themselves that the Education Minister indeed is paying top dollar to keep his ward enrolled in that private school.
According to him, his publication of the revelation which had taken the nation by storm had been based on information that staff had accidentally picked up and then had been confirmed with a follow-up investigation at the school.
“Our publication was occasioned by a piece of information one of our team members accidentally picked from a staff of the International Community School (ICS), that the Minister’s child (gender not specified) was enrolled in that school. In a discussion at which our Research team member was present, the staff was narrating the quality of teaching in that school. He justified the teaching quality by indicating that as a result of the quality, the Minister for Education had enrolled the child in the school,” Alorvi alleged.
“Astonished by the revelation, we detailed a team member from Ashanti Region a few days later, to verify the information. He reverted to us four days later and indicated that a staff of the ICS had confirmed the story. He told us the school was located in Pakyi No.2 on the Kumasi – Anweankwanta Junction road,” he said.
According to him, an inquiry from a staff of the school if it was true that the Minister for Education had the child enrolled in the school ended in an emphatic “Yes” answer.
The Minister has however denied that his child is enrolled in a private school, as the free Senior High School programme he superintends crumbles.
Mr. Alorvi pointed even after he had posted the information on Facebook, a commentator called Nana Sei Poku, who had defended the Education Minister, had also confirmed that indeed the Education Minister was enrolled in the private school with an American curriculum.
But these justifications, Mr. Alorvi points out, only add on to the impression being created that the Minister had not been truthful when he claimed that he had no child young enough to be attending SHS and therefore it could not be true that he had a ward enrolled into a private SHS even though he touts government’s free SHS.