Dr Richard Amoako Baah has said it would be “irresponsible” on his part to reject an appointment from the governing National Democratic Congress (NDC).
The former head of the History and Political Science Department of the Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology, who is an ardent critic of the Mahama administration told Class91.3fm’s Executive Breakfast Show host Ekow Mensah-Shalders on Monday April 11 that rejecting an appointment from President Mahama would mean “I do not wish the government well and I do not wish the country well”.
“So, if they ask me to do something and I think I can do it, I will do it,” he said.
According to Dr Amoako Baah, in the lead-up to the 2012 elections, he had advised late President John Mills and then Vice President John Mahama that education was going to be the key issue on which the election would be won.
“I have tried, on so many occasions, to help, especially when President Mills was alive. I talked to him and then Vice President Mahama. I talked to him, met him in his office, went to his house several times. Yes, but I mean it didn’t work, they don’t listen and it got worse …that was before the elections, and I remember telling them education is going to be key in this election. This was 2012 and education became the key,” he explained.
“I wrote an education policy for them; they still have it. But it’s almost as if they go and just pick bits of it. Instead of the comprehensive programme, they pick bits of it. For example, this cancellation of teacher allowances, it’s in my report, because the teacher allowance was being supported by – I think what – the Netherlands and so you are limited as to how many students you can admit based on how much money they are giving you, and, so, I said: ‘OK get rid of it’. That means you can take as many students as you want. But not just rid of it, improve teachers’ salaries. If you improve it, it makes it attractive…but that’s not what they did; they just cancelled it,” he explained.