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Waec releases 2017 BECE results, with no failures

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Out of a total of 468,053 candidates, there were 3,315 absentees during the exams

The West African Examinations Council (Waec) has released provisional results of the 2017 Basic Education Certificate Examination (BECE) written in June.

A statement issued by Waec on Monday said subject results of 1,298 candidates have been withheld while investigations are carried out.

It said the Item Differentia Profile (IDP) software was used to detect cheating in the objective tests.

The results will be released after investigations are concluded, the statement said.

“The Council takes this opportunity to advise candidates to do independent work in the examination hall and to avoid seeking any form of illegal assistance as such acts would be detected and sanctions applied accordingly.”

Signed by Public Relations Officer Agnes Teye-Cudjoe, the statement said results of the 15,185 schools have been sent to municipal and district directors of education for onward dispatch to the schools.

However, they can be accessed online.

Waec revealed that since the Stanine grading system was used, no candidate failed as they were graded with 1 as the highest and 9 as the lowest.

“With this grading system, it must be noted that there are no failures in BECE.”

The Council expressed gratitude to all stakeholders especially the Ministry of Education, Ghana Education Service, invigilators, the Ghana Police Service, examiners and “all who in various ways helped in the successful conduct of the examination and the timeous release of results”.

By Emmanuel Kwame Amoh|3news.com|Ghana

Group backs policy to license teachers via exams

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The All Teachers Alliance Ghana (ATAG) has backed “in principle” the proposed Teachers’ Licensing Policy, which is expected to grant licenses to professional teachers after they pass written tests.

Leader of ATAG Isaac Ofori says the policy will ensure professionalism in teaching.

Mr Ofori said ATAG’s stance is no different with other teacher unions, whose concerns, he explains, mainly have to do with not being involved in consultations.

He was speaking in an interview on TV3’s [email protected] on Saturday.

The policy to license teachers was proposed by National Teacher Council’s Dr Augustine Tawiah.

At the end of a training workshop in Accra last week, Dr Tawiah said the policy, which will be introduced next year, will see teachers periodically tested in order to renew their licenses.

He, however, said a massive education will be undertaken by the Ghana Education Service before rollout.

Passed in 2008, Act 778 is to ensure the professional development of teachers.

Speaking to host Bright Nana Amfoh, Mr Ofori said the policy is meaningful as it will rid the education sector of charlatans.

He expressed confidence that government will put all the necessary measures in place to make implementation successful.

Source: 3news.com|Ghana

Doubt over implementation of teacher licensing policy

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An education consultant has advised that a report that teachers in Ghana will be licensed to teach only after passing an examination should be treated with the contempt it deserves.

Dr Prince Armah says the National Teachers Council was not conclusive on the modalities of licensing teachers in Ghana and he is of the strong conviction that examination cannot be the single determiner of qualifying a person to teach.

He made these remarks on TV3’s Midday Live on Saturday via a Skype interview with presenter Esi Benewaa Nyame.

The Executive Director of the Institute of Education Studies said the proposal has been twisted in the media landscape.

“There is a lot of misinformation out there.”

But the first hint of the proposal was made by Dr Augustine Tawiah, the soon-to-be-made Executive Secretary of the National Teachers Council.

Addressing teachers at the end of a five-day training workshop in Accra, Dr Tawiah disclosed that in the new scheme of licensing, teachers who apply for renewal “must prove they have personally undertaken some professional upgrading of knowledge and skills”.

He also announced that there will be an extensive education campaign ahead of the takeoff of the Teachers’ Licensing Policy next year.

The decision has received heavy criticism from the teaching public including teacher unions such as the Coalition of Concerned Teachers-Ghana (CCT-G).

But Dr Armah said “there has not been any such policy document”.

He, nonetheless, said he will join any action to resist the policy if it is implemented “because that examination will not be a single determiner to qualifying someone to teach”.

“And I doubt if the Council will implement it.”

By Emmanuel Kwame Amoh|3news.com|Ghana

2017 NSMQ champions present trophy to Akufo-Addo

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Winners of the 2017 National Science and Math quiz Prempeh College were at the Flagstaff House on Friday to present their trophy to the president.

Prempeh College beat St Thomas Aquinas Senior High School and Adisadel College in the final on June 29 to annex the trophy, their fourth since the quiz began in 1993.

The Kumasi-based school was represented by Sarfo-Ansah Wonder and Daniel Osei Badu in the 24th edition.

They have been awarded scholarships including a package from Asantehene Otumfuo Osei Tutu II.

The entire team including Prempeh College’s headmaster was at the seat of government to present the trophy.

President Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo used the opportunity to congratulate the school, nicknamed Amanfour, again for winning the contest.

By Emmanuel Kwame Amoh|3news.com|Ghana

National Service personnel receive training

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Some prospective national service personnel who took part in the training

Prospective National Service Personnel in the Central Region have undergone capacity building training on how to conduct themselves during their year-long national service.

Those in five other regions have so far received similar training, the Service said on Wednesday.

Participants of the two-day workshop were equipped with soft skills such us report writing, sending emails, time management, attitude at work among others. Deputy Executive Director of National Service Scheme, Dr. Gifty Oware-Aboagye, explained the training was necessitated by complaints received from institutions which receive the service personnel.

It was organized in partnership with United Wealth, African Internship Academy, Google Ghana, PZ Cussons Ghana Limited, Ecobank, and GCB Bank.

Meanwhile, officials of the Scheme say they are putting in place the necessary structures to help ease the queues mounting at the various registration centres of the Scheme, as well as measures to ensure personnel posted perform.

By 3news.com|Ghana

UEW’s UTAG demands reinstatement of Vice Chancellor

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The lecturers at UEW are still on strike

The University Teachers Association of Ghana (UTAG) has asked the University Governing Council of the University of Education, WInneba (UEW) to do everything legally possible to see to the fair resolution of the legal tussle and reinstate Vice Chancellor Professor Mawutor Avoke, who has been asked by the Winneba High Court to step aside as soon as possible.

The Association has described last month’s injunction order by the High Court as fundamentally and fatally flawed as same are not and cannot be supported by the available evidence.

At a press conference held by UEW’s chapter of UTAG, leadership claimed the two principal officers, particularly the Vice Chancellor, have done nothing wrong in the circumstance to warrant their current state of injunction.

The lecturers, most of whom wore red dresses and arm-cum-head bands to register their displeasure, said under no circumstance in the current situation should the appointments of these officers be terminated.

UEW’s UTAG President Dr. Samuel Ofori Bekoe, who signed and read the statement, said decisions including appointments made by the Vice Chancellor before the injunction should be respected as legitimately made and same should not be varied, reviewed or revoked without just cause.

The Association, which was marking a month since Winneba High Court’s decision, referred to the court’s injunction as an academic coup d’etat.

According to them, failure to meet their request will lead to nationwide strike action.

By Lucy Ayambilla|TV3|3news.com|Ghana

Zebilla Tech Sch. gets pick-up vehicle from PTA

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The executive committee of the Parent Teacher Association of Zebilla Senior High Technical School has donated a pick up vehicle to authorities of the school to facilitate teaching and learning.

Valued at GHC128,847, the vehicle was presented to the school with other items worth GHC5,095.

Chairman of the PTA, Atiah Kudugu, who presented the vehicle to the school, urged the authorities and students to ensure regular maintenance of the vehicle to ensure its lifespan.

Headmaster of the school Mr. Richard Ayabilla Akumb, expressed appreciation to the PTA for their kind gesture and pledged to put it to good use. The vehicle, he said, will be at the disposal of the school, teachers and students.

He assured them of regular maintenance of vehicle, noting that maintenance culture in Ghana with respect to public assets have been ignored over the years.

Mr Ayabilla Akumb noted about 80% of the teachers in the school do not live on campus, something he said was affecting teaching and learning as well as makes controlling students a difficult task.

He appealed to the PTA to still continue with their goods works, and urged other organisations to support them with teacher accommodation.

By Atubugri Simon Atule|3news.com|Ghana

Accept postings to rural areas – NSS personnel, doctors advised

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Alex Afenyo-Markin gave the piece of advice

The Member of Parliament for Effutu Constituency in the Central Region has made passionate appeal to medical doctors to accept postings to rural areas to enable the inhabitants feel part of the country.

Alexander Kwamena Afenyo-Markin said: “May I also make a plea to the national service personnel, nurses and doctors to stop lobbying to be sent to big institutions”.

The New Patriotic Party (NPP) MP made the appeal while adding his voice to an appeal by President Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo to newly qualified doctors to accept postings to rural areas.

While delivering a speech at the 50th congregation and 5th oath-taking and induction ceremony of the School of Medical Sciences of the University of Cape Coast in the Central Region, President Akufo-Addo urged newly qualified doctors who are posted to rural communities to undertake their housemanship not to see it as a form of punishment.

According to the President, “the early Ghanaian doctors of legend, the pioneers who built the medical profession, such as Charles Easmon, Silas Dodoo, Cornelius Quarcoopome and Felix Konotey-Ahulu, amongst others, on their return home from qualifying in England, went to work in the rural areas with relish and enthusiasm, at a time when our country was less developed and with fewer infrastructure”.

Mr. Afenyo-Markin told TV3’s New Day host Bright Nana Amfoh on Monday that “of late, everyone going to do the national service wants a big company that can employ them after the service. But if all of you are at the big companies, who will go to the rural areas to also offer services to those living there?”

“I will want to make a plea to them to go to the rural areas so that [rural folks] will know they are also part of the country,” the MP said.

A former Deputy Minister of Communications, Felix Kwakye Ofosu, questioned why facilities have not been created in the rural areas to attract doctors and other professionals to these areas.

“The conditions at these rural areas should be improved and that is the most important thing,” he suggested.

Mr. Kwakye Ofosu said: “While in opposition, [President Akufo-Addo] should have planned to what he wants to do to motivate [doctors] to accept postings to the rural areas”.

The National Democratic Congress (NDC) man said “[President Akufo-Addo] should have told [Ghanaians] what [he] would do before coming to power and now, they must admit that they lied to the people of Ghana and they must apologize to the people of Ghana”.

By Kweku Antwi-Otoo|TV3|3news.com|Ghana

Over 20% of pupils enrol at wrong age – GES coordinator

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The Coordinator of the Communication for Development (C4D) of Ghana Education Service (GES), Fakor Disu, has disclosed that there are over 20% of Ghanaian children that have not enrolled at kindergarten at the right age.

Speaking at a workshop for education officers and stakeholders at Kumasi on the theme, ‘Promoting Right Age Enrollment, Retention and Completion through Safe School Approaches and Practices’, Mr. Disu said notwithstanding the immense role being played by government, through the Ministry of Education and GES to promote education, there was still more work to be done on promoting children’s enrollment at, retention in and completion of school.

“It is the responsibility of all of us to support the enrollment of children at school at the right age and to ensure that the children receive the best of education. I must report that the current 79.5% net enrollment rate of children at KG is not good enough and so there is the need for us to work harder on it as education workers and stakeholders,” Mr. Fakor said.

He reiterated the need for teachers and education officers to intensify their sensitisation programmes through stakeholder meetings, community engagements and mass media so as to get all school-age children in school and to ensure that they stay in school till completion.

Mr. Roland Takyi, an officer of the Guidance and Counselling Unit of GES, urged teachers, education workers and stakeholders to make the school a safe haven for educating children and adults alike.

Mr. Takyi said children ought to be treated well to be able to stay in education and that, “As government and development partners support us to educate the children, we, as education workers and officers, should also intensify our engagements with parents and other stakeholders to get all children in school and to enable them to complete successfully.”

Mr. Christopher Nkrumah, an official of the United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF), assured the participants of the Fund’s resolve to continue to partner with government and relevant agencies to provide good-quality education and training to all children in the country.

It is to be noted that the 2008 Education Act 778 of Ghana requests that every Ghanaian child of age, four years, be supported to enroll at the first year of kindergarten education.

By Anthony Kwaku Amoah

Article was first published on modernghana.com

UEW to settle its court case and make the University corruption free

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Professor Emmanuel Nicholas Abakah is chairman of the UEW governing council

The newly constituted governing council of the University of Education says it is determined to work within its mandate to settle all internal squabbling that have resulted in court case before the Winneba High Court.

The council has also resolved to urgently ensure stringent measures to seal all administrative loopholes leading to waste and abuse of public funds.

Chairman of the council of UEW, Professor Emmanuel Nicholas Abakah, said this at the 21st congregation of the University in Kumasi on Saturday.

Professor Abakah noted that the current unsavoury events at UEW constitute a matter of grave concern to Ghanaians.

“The Council shall go all-out to achieve amicable settlement of all cases pending before the Winneba High Court sooner than ever expected… [it] shall have all loopholes of waste in the University sealed to the core and the abuse of public funds completely stamped out.

“The Council shall, without delay, initiate the processes essential for eradication of the culture of rampant corruption and malfeasance perceived to be widespread in all the campuses of UEW” he said.

The Chairman also assured the nation that it would transform UEW into a corruption-free institution to be unattractive to “any nefarious fortune seeker”.

Professor Nicholas Abakah debunked rumours that all the newly appointed staff of UEW will lose their jobs describing it as ‘cock and bull story.

The UEW graduands

A total of 10,587 students graduated from the University at various levels. The number comprises of 6,644 and 3,943 graduands from the northern and southern sectors respectively.

The Acting Vice Chancellor of the University, Reverend Professor Anthony Afful-Broni advised the graduands to discharge their professional obligation to the set standard in the teaching profession.

He also tasked them to be motivated by the desire to work for the common good of mankind instead of individual concerns, by enthusiastically accepting possible postings to areas where there is greater need of their services as professional teachers.

By Ibrahim Abubakar|TV3|3news.com|Ghana