Yaw Osei Adutwum, Minister of Education, has called for Visual Arts students to be given equal opportunities to follow the path of their choosing at the university.
In an interview with Kwami Sefa Kayi on Peace FM’s “Kokrokoo,” the minister questioned why Visual Arts students are disproportionately marginalized in schools.
He noted that, contrary to popular belief, Visual Arts students are the most innovative people in Ghana, and therefore do not face obstacles while pursuing courses such as Engineering or Architecture, among others.
He revealed that Visual Arts students made up 82,000 of the students who took the West African Senior School Certificate Examination (WASSCE) last year, raising the question of whether Visual Arts students are undervalued.
“My favorite students are those who major in Visual Arts. They are the country’s most inventive individuals. Someone who can sketch your profile, a bridge, or a car; we call them not genius because they have trouble grasping concepts quickly. When you visit a classroom, you will see that people are pointing fingers at the Visual Arts students.
We believe that anyone who majors in Visual Arts will not be able to pursue a career in engineering because they will not be offered the chance to do so at university,” he said.
“Why do you mean you won’t let this kid do Architecture if he/she takes his/her portfolio, which reveals fantastic drawing skills?” He gave an example.