Established under the Civil Service Law 327 and PNDC Law 1993, the Ministry of Education (MOE) is charged with the duty of providing relevant education to every Ghanaian. The ministry is responsible for overseeing and managing Ghana’s affairs in the education sector.
A lot of agencies fall under the broad bumbershoot of the ministry, notable amongst them being the Ghana Education Service (GES), responsible for the national education curriculum.
Dr. Yaw Osei Adutwum heads the Ministry of Education. He was appointed by the president and assumed office in March 2021, succeeding now Minister of Energy, Honourable Matthew Opoku Prempeh.
He is also a member of parliament, representing the Bosomtwe Constituency in the Ashanti Region.
Dr. Yaw Osei Adutwum is from Jachie in the Ashanti Region and is an alumnus of Kumasi High School where he had his A-level certificate. He graduated from the Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology with a bachelor’s degree in Land Economy (Business Administration, major in Real Estate).
He also holds a master’s degree in Education Management from the University of La Verne. He caps it with a Ph.D. in Educational Policy, Planning, and Administration from the University of Southern California. His academic laurels make him very suited for the role of Education Minister.
He has adequately contributed his quota to national development, especially in education. Within the ten years that he was a Mathematics and Information Technology teacher at the Manual Arts High School, he established the International Studies Academy, a community for students to learn and develop themselves academically and socially.
Later, he founded the New Designs Charter Schools. Furthermore, when the National Research for Career and Technical Education set up a task force to develop a national model for career and technical education in high school and college levels, Dr. Yaw Osei Adutwum found himself on the team.
He was spotted in the political scene during the 2016 elections, when, representing the New Patriotic Party (NPP), he obtained the majority of votes cast to become the Member of Parliament for the Bosomtwe Constituency. He served as a member of the Works and Housing Committee, as well as the Poverty Reduction Strategy Committee in the 7th Parliament.
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He was appointed Deputy Minister of Education in charge of Pre-tertiary Education in 2017 and was voted Best Performing Deputy Minister of the Year in 2019.
Dr. Yaw Osei Adutwum takes the reins at a time when many Ghanaians feel the education of the nation is in jeopardy considering how things are being managed with regards to the double-track system and COVID-19.