The Minister of State in charge of Tertiary Education, Professor Kwesi Yankah has reacted to a recent publication about him, saying that government plans to abolishing same sex schools in the country.
Professor Yankah in an interview with ATL FM NEWS reporter Kojo Dei said, the news has no merit and comes as a mischievous attempt to dent his image.
In a widely circulated news item carried by a private online media portal, Prof. Yankah is quoted as saying that “The single-sex hall system does not help in national development”.
Following the publication, the minister has received a lot of backlash and criticism from the public especially students from single sex schools.
In a sharp rebuttal, Prof Yankah said he has not and will not make such pronouncements that seek to denigrate the existence of single sex schools knowing very well the significant role these schools have played in the development of individuals in the country.
According to him, he was only commending the Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology for significantly increasing the women percentage in the University especially into disciplines in the sciences over the past ten years.
“What I said was that Tech had adjusted herself to a new situation that the world is moving towards; converting an exclusively Female hall to a mixed hall and vice versa in response to a reality that we are aiming at gender parity. That is in response to the sustainable development goal and that, in any such situation when we are called upon we can also adjust ourselves to accommodate more and more women but more importantly in science; and in that area KNUST is doing well and we have to salute them for the significant increase. We have to salute our women too that we would be ready to adjust ourselves when realities come up; we will be setting good examples for others. I did not say anywhere that the government is going to come up with a new policy” he explained.
Prof. Yankah who sounded not so happy about the news expressed disappointment in the news portal that carried the story saying “we assume that the journalist has a certain understanding of issues. This is a very clear arguments I made and many of them present were happy about what I said. And then I come out to hear that I am calling for the abolishing of single sex school. This is unfortunate”.