Akufo-Addo's maths teacher was very bad-Kwesi Pratt

By Justice Kofi Bimpeh
Akufo-Addo & Kwesi Pratt

The mathematics teacher who taught President Akufo-Addo and told him figures are sacrosanct and no one can argue when it comes to figures was a very bad teacher, said Kwesi Pratt.

 According to Kwesi Pratt, the statement made by the President at the State of the Nation Address 2018 is the most unscientific statement to have been made by the President.

Sharing his thought on the SONA delivered by the President on Radio Gold's 'Alhaji&Alhaji' on Saturday February 10 , Kwesi Pratt said figures are not of themselves and by themselves so he prays Junior High and Senior High students will not take the statement of the President seriously because if they do the future of Ghana will be bleak.

President Akufo-Addo at the 2018 SONA said: "There were three hundred and forty-six (346) Requests for Restricted Tenders, out of which one hundred and sixty-seven (167) (48%) were approved, and one hundred and seventy-nine (179) (52%) rejected. Now here is the interesting part. The savings, made over the year, as a result, amounted to some GH¢800 million."

Kwesi Pratt

"Mr. Speaker, the savings are spectacular, and the figures are impressive, and, as my old Mathematics teacher and, I suspect, everybody else’s Mathematics teacher would say, you cannot argue with figures."

Kwesi Pratt comments on Akufo-Addo's statement on figures

Reacting to the President's statement, Kwesi Pratt questions the credibility of President Akufo-Addo's math teacher saying it is strange the kind of math teacher the President had who believed figures are sacrosanct.

Explaining further reasons he thinks the statement is wrong, Kwesi Pratt stated that the result of figures is always dependent on the input and methods used to arrive at it.

He added that if the input or the method is wrong the result will also be wrong therefore the notion that figures cannot be questioned is wrong.

"Figures are an attempt to approximate reality."

Kwesi Pratt concluded that unless the President did not say the truth his math teacher was a very bad one and no student should take the statement seriously because they will fail.

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