The University of Cape Coast (UCC) has awarded the Degree of Doctor of Educational Leadership (DEL) Honoris Causa to former Minister for Education Matthew Opoku Prempeh, at a Special Congregation held at the New Examination Centre (NEC).
In a blog post sighted by AcademicWeek, UCC said it honoured Dr Matthew Opoku Prempeh the Degree for his visionary leadership in transformative education, and his role in the implementation of the Free Senior High School.
The honourary, the University said is also to his exceptional interventions towards the establishment of the Institute for Educational Planning and Administration (IEPA) at the University of Cape Coast into the UNESCO Category II Centre of Excellence for West Africa.
Currently, the Minister for Energy, Matthew Opoku Prempeh Born on 23 May 1968 and also known as NAPO (Nana Poku) is the Member of Parliament for Manhyia South Constituency. He had his secondary education at Prempeh College.
He was appointed by President Nana Akufo-Addo on 10 January 2017 to serve as Minister for Education of Ghana. He served in that role for 4 years till 6 January 2021 when the tenure of office of the president and his ministers ended.
In May 2017, President Nana Akufo-Addo named Prempeh as part of the nineteen ministers who would form his cabinet. The names of the 19 ministers were submitted to the Parliament of Ghana and announced by the former Speaker of the House, Mike Ocquaye.
He also contributed to the educational sector of Ghana as a Minister of Education such as improving the infrastructure and promoting vocational and technical education (TVET) and leading the government’s flagship programme Free Senior High School (Free SHS).
Dr Matthew Opoku Prempeh was adjudged best Minister in Ghana in 2017 and 2019 and was recently the recipient of the 2020 Harvard Ministerial Medal of Achievement.