Speaking on a JoyNews Panel, Dr. Adutwum claimed that Ghana was ranked at the bottom of the PISA ranking in 2015 under the erstwhile NDC government, adding that he checked the data that very day and was sure.
NDC MP Okudzeto Ablakwa who was also on the panel however disputed it and said Ghana was not featured on the PISA ranking in 2015 at all and that the country at the bottom was rather the Dominican Republic.
The Deputy Minister insisted he was right until a check by Joy News production team confirmed that indeed Mr. Okudzeto Ablakwa was right that Ghana was not featured and the country at the bottom of the PISA ranking was the Dominican Republic.
Several viewers expressed disappointment in the deputy Education Minister who is loved by the public for his knowledge on education but chose to stoop low in peddling a lie to paint the erstwhile NDC administration black.
Dr. Adutwum did not apologize. He kept a straight face throughout the rest of the session in total embarrassment.
What is PISA ranking
The Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) launched the triennial survey of 15-year-old students around the world known as the Programme for International Students Assessment, or PISA.
PISA assesses the extent to which 15-year-old students, near the end of their compulsory education, have acquired key knowledge and skills that are essential for full participation in modern societies. The assessment focuses on the core school subjects of science, reading and mathematics. Students’ proficiency in an innovative domain is also assessed.
The assessment does not just ascertain whether students can reproduce knowledge; it also examines how well students can extrapolate from what they have learned and can apply that knowledge in unfamiliar settings, both in and outside of school. This approach reflects the fact that modern economies reward individuals not for what they know, but for what they can do with what they know.