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Ghanaian teacher up for one million-dollar cash

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A Ghanaian teacher, Sitsofe Enyonam Anku, is being considered for a global teacher prize that will see him compete for one million dollars.

He is among seven teachers selected from five African countries to part of the top 50 shortlisted for the Varkey Foundation’s Global Teacher Prize 2018.

The seven are Ayodele Odeogbola Ogun, and Itodo Anthony, from Nigeria; Marjirie Brown and Wendy Horn from South Africa; Catherine Nakabugo from Uganda; Abdikadir Ismail from Kenya and Sitsofe Enyonam Anku from Ghana.

The winner will receive one million dollars, the largest prize of its kind.

The seven were selected from over 30,000 nominations and applications from 173 countries around the world, a Forbes report to the Ghana News Agency said.

It said the Global Teacher Prize was set up by the Varkey Foundation to recognise one exceptional teacher who has made outstanding contribution to the profession as well as to shine a spotlight on the important role teachers’ play in society.

“By unearthing thousands of stories of heroes that have transformed young people’s lives, the prize hopes to bring to life the exceptional work of millions of teachers all over the world,” the report said.

By 3news.com|Ghana

Viral infections: GUNSA wants all students vaccinated in 2018

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The Ghana United Nations Students and Youth Association (GUNSA) is asking the government to undertake a nationwide vaccination exercise in schools in the wake of viral infections.

GUNSA in a statement on Saturday encouraged government to start the exercise early next year.

“Vaccinate and deworm all students at the commencement of new academic year,” it suggested.

Government should also fumigate all second cycle schools nationwide against bedbugs and other disease-carrying insects, it added.

GUNSA is also asking the government to among others:

  1. Decongest schools, especially boarding houses, following revelation by the Ghana Health Service that the crowded nature of classrooms and dormitories at SHSs poses a challenge to students.
  2. Strict adherence to disease management procedures and communication protocols in future occurrences.
  3. GUNSA urges both the Ministries of Education and Health to map out permanent strategies to prevent future outbreaks since it is commonly known that between April and October every year, threats for such incidence becomes more eminent.
  4. We appeal to the private sector, especially Pharmaceutical companies to collaborate with government in the supply of free medical products to halt the situation.
  5. The Ghana Education Service should strengthen Guidance and Counselling Units as well as Good Health Promotion in all second cycle schools.

“As a student organisation, GUNSA intends to embark on a nationwide School Health Education Campaign to compliment government’s efforts to ensure a conducive environment for teaching and learning in High Schools,” the statement said.

Read also: Tempane SHS student dies of meningitis

Source: 3news.com | Ghana

Gov’t will severely punish Free SHS saboteurs – Dr. Bawumia

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Government is determined to punish severely, anyone whose actions and or inactions negatively impact on the smooth implementation of the Free Senior High School programme, the Vice President, Alhaji Dr Mahamudu Bawumia, has warned.

The Free Senior High School policy is a major flagship programme of the New Patriotic Party government, began in September 2017. However, there have been reports of pilfering by some school authorities of the free food supplied by government, as well as the charging of unapproved fees by some school heads.

In perhaps the most high profile of the reported thefts, the Police Criminal Investigations Department invited Madam Comfort Oduro Bruce, senior matron and Reverend Abraham Donkor, headmaster respectively of Ghana Senior High School popularly known as GHANASS in Koforidua, the Eastern Regional capital, to assist in investigations after Madam Oduro Bruce was allegedly caught by a member of the school’s security attempting to cart away a number of food items at night.

Matrons at the Buipe and Tolon Senior High Schools have also reportedly been arrested for allegedly trying to steal and sell food meant for the feeding of first year students in their care.

Giving the warning at the 50th anniversary celebration of the enstoolment of Nana Boakye Tromu III as Omanhene and President of the Duayaw Nkwanta Traditional Council in the Brong Ahafo Region Saturday, Dr Bawumia said government would move beyond naming and shaming to actual prosecution to deter any saboteurs.

“In spite of many challenges and doubts, we have successfully started the implementation of the Free Senior High School (FSHS) programme. We need to ensure that no Ghanaian child is denied access to public secondary education. Poverty should not be a barrier for children to have access to a better future.

“However, it is sad to note that in the implementation of the FSHS policy, there is the desire by some Ghanaians to make sure the programme does not succeed. In the last few months we have had reports of deliberate attempts by some individuals ranging from matrons, heads of institutions, and others attempting to circumvent the regulations and stealing materials intended to benefit the children who are in their care.  This is unacceptable,” Dr Bawumia stated.

“Government is determined to punish severely wrongdoers and those who have made it a habit to steal and or to obstruct. Actions to curb the situation should not just end at the doorstep of naming and shaming but also with prosecution, where applicable.”

Touching on the genuine challenges confronting the programme, the Vice President assured that Government was working round the clock to address them.

“While there may be challenges with the implementation of the Free Senior High School programme, the good news is that Government has taken note of the problems and is working feverishly to address them and by the Grace God, Ghanaians will reap the benefits in the very near future.”

Nevertheless, “I want to see sterner actions taken against such persons [sabotaging the smooth implementation of FSHS], particularly those who decide to divert or steal resources meant for the FSHS programme,” Dr Bawumia stated.

Over Four Hundred Thousand (400,000) children are currently benefiting from the Free Senior High School programme, according to figures from the Ministry of Education. Officials say out of the 400,000, at least Ninety Thousand (90,000) would not have had the chance to benefit from secondary education without the free SHS.

Source: 3news.com | Ghana

Medie Presby Basic School gets desks from Voltic

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The inconvenience at Medie Presbyterian basic  School is expected to ease after the school received some 100 desks from Voltic Ghana Limited.

The company also donated bags of cement to support the cementing of the sandy classrooms.

The gesture according to the company is part of their corporate social responsibility and also in line with their commitment in supporting education in the country.

The Medie Presby School has been plagued with numerous challenges, including lack of classrooms as the school remains uncompleted.

Managing director of Voltic Ghana Limited, François Gazania, was optimistic the gesture will go a long way in giving students a conducive environment for academic excellence

“We are committed to impacting our communities through education and other social interventions, and we believe that will help the students become better in future.”

Headmaster of the school, Shadrach Tetteh Adegu, expressed gratitude to Voltic and implored other benevolent organizations to do so.

“We see this as a relief to many of our problems and we call on others to help make education attractive for the pupils”

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2017 Nat’l Students Awards slated for Saturday; Listowell Acquaye gets 5 nominations

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This year’s National Students’ Awards is scheduled to be held on Saturday at the Great Hall of the University of Ghana.

The Awards is an initiative by the National Student’s Alliance.

It is organised to recognise outstanding students, student leaders, corporate entities and individuals who make an effort to contribute to the development of Ghana at all levels.

It is done with the help of Students Representative Councils, and student groups across the length and breadth of Ghana.

The awards academy for the National Students Awards nominated Listowell Acquaye for the categories below:

*Student Journalist of the Year

*Student Blogger of the Year

*Showbiz Personality of the Year

*Student Entrepreneur of the Year

*Student Personality of the Year

Currently a Level 300 Communications student majoring in development  communication, Listowell Acquaye, known in showbiz circles as Chosen YesuBa, says his nomination comes as a reward for his dedication and sacrifice working as the voice of the voiceless.

“Over the years, I have served as a broadcast journalist for TV3 and a blogger reporting on pertinent societal issues. My strength lies in topical features, documentaries, human interest stories and entertainment or showbiz reporting.

“On human interest stories, I have travelled to some regions to unravel the depravity and challenges that confront some communities in the area of the lack of basic social amenities, health complications and poverty.

“I have also crossed carpets to report on very topical issues in Politics. Covered the elections in 2016 for Media General specifically stationed at Ablekuma South. I have reported on major events over the years. Some trendy issues were the incident in Ada where Castro and Janet Bandu were reported missing at a party footballer Asamoah Gyan organised, Terrorism & Security Alert in the sub-region (the one that claimed life of Prof. Awoonor),  and a special feature on the Nkanchina Leprosarium.

“Reported on several showbiz events, celebrity lifestyle, Music Awards and specials on the arts and tourism industry.

“In the area of showbiz, I double as a spoken word artiste, musician and a poet. My focus is Christian Contemporary Music. Released 3 singles (GoHigherrr, Spiritual Erections, You’re A Star) and one spoken word piece(Virtuous Christian Woman)! [I am] currently working on an album. I have an annual concert that started 3 years ago titled Unity In Christ Concert aimed at empowering and inspiring the  youth to lead an exemplary life.”

He got three nominations at the just-ended UMB Ghana Tertiary Awards but did not bag home any of the awards.

However, he is optimistic about his chances with the current nominations.

“My dream is to be the voice of the voiceless that will focus on social activism to development and change to ailing conditions and challenges in the world.”

Listowell Acquaye currently writes for Ghanagist.com and hopes to win all five awards.

Source: 3news.com|Ghana

Professor Mawutor Avoke,

Financial malfeasance: Court finds University of Educ. Winneba VC, another guilty

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Professor Mawutor Avoke,

Professor Mawutor Avoke

The High Court in Winneba has found the Vice Chancellor of the University of Education, Winneba, Professor Mawutor Avoke, and the school’s Finance Officer, Dr Theophilus Senyo Ackorlie, guilty of procurement and other financial irregularities.

The court subsequently ordered the retrieval of all monies paid to the contractors that worked on the North Campus roads and a forensic audit of the project.

It also awarded GHc 8,000 in damages against the University.

The university was dragged to court by one Supi kofi Kwayera who said the Vice Chancellor and the Finance Officer were operating under the institution’s defunct Governing Council.

The mandate of the Council was to have expired in November 2013, but the Education Ministry failed to constitute a new Governing Council for the university, and rather allowed and permitted the defunct Governing Council which had no mandate whatsoever to continue the functions of a properly constituted Governing Council as if same had been properly constituted.

He had also raised various allegations against the management, including procurement and financial irregularities.

In July, the Vice Chancellor was asked to step aside by the court. The directive led to a pandemonium at the university, climaxed by a strike by the school’s branch of the University Teachers Association of Ghana.

The Economic and Organised Crime Office (EOCO) and the Bureau of National Investigations (BNI) later stepped in to the allegation of financial and procurement irregularities made against the Vice Chancellor and five officers of the University.

The University’s Governing Council also formed a three-member fact finding committee on September 5, 2017. Its mandate was to establish the facts to aid the University in its defence in the court case.

Prof. Mawutor Avoke was probed alongside Dr Theophilus Senyo Ackorlie, Finance Officer; Ms Sena Dake Internal Auditor; Ms Mary Dzimey, Acting Head of Procurement and Daniel Tetteh, Ag. Deputy Director of Works and Physical Development, and Finance Officer Frank Owusu Boateng.

Source: 3news.com | Ghana

Akufo-Addo receives Doctorate Degree fom University of Liberia

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President Akufo-Addo being decorated by the President of the University of Liberia Prof. Ophelia Weeks

The President of the Republic, Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo, has received an Honorary Doctor of Humane Letters Degree Honoris Causa in International Law, from the University of Liberia, at its 98th Commencement Exercises, on Wednesday, 13th December, 2017.

The Honorary Doctorate degree conferred on President Akufo-Addo by the Board of Trustees of the University of Liberia, and upon the recommendation of the President of the University, Professor Ophelia Weeks, is “in recognition of your substantive contribution to strengthening the Rule of Law in Ghana, and also in recognition of your substantive contributions in Liberia’s peace building process, coupled with your invaluable service to the Ghana State over the years, as a veritable patriot.”

In receiving the award, President Akufo-Addo stated that “I am honoured by the award of the Honorary Doctor of Humane Letters degree, and assure you that I will do my best not to disgrace the award.”

This is the second such honour President Akufo-Addo has received from a famous African University, the first an Honorary Doctor of Law Degree, in May 2016, from the celebrated Fort Hare University of South Africa, which has been the cradle of African nationalism, responsible for graduates such as Nelson Mandela, Julius Nyerere, Desmond Tutu, Oliver Tambo, Govan Mbeki, Seretse Khama, Herbert Chitepo, Robert Sobukwe, Joshua Nkomo, Chris Hani, Kenneth Kaunda, Robert Mugabe and Mangosuthu Buthelezi.

“I am lucky, as the first was received during my time as leader of Ghana’s opposition, and this in my period as President of Ghana,” he said, to a rousing applause from the gathering.

Whilst congratulating the President, Vice Chancellor, lecturers, students, and all alumni at the 98th Commencement Exercises of the University, President Akufo-Addo stated that the University of Liberia has done more than most in shaping the intellectual, moral and political outlook of Liberia.

“And I must confess that I feel so proud to be part of such a seminal moment.  I feel very keenly the weight of history and the burden of the aspirations of the men and women who passed through these gates, especially in its early years. They had to believe in themselves and in the African race, when all around them said they counted for nothing,” he said.

The President continued, “They had to believe in the capacity of the African to conduct his or her own affairs, and be a respected member of the global community, when all around them said they were not up to it. The University of Liberia, from its opening in 1863, to becoming a full-fledged University in 1951, told the young people, who came to study here, that they had the same capabilities as every other young person of every colour, language or race.”

Source: 3news.com | FHCB

MP proposes resident health officers for SHSs as disease outbreak surges

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The latest three death Tuesday caused parents to besiege the school premises

The outbreak of diseases in some Senior High Schools (SHS) that us causing deaths of students in the country has triggered proposals for resident health officers to be employed in the various schools.

Eastern Regional Security Council (REGSEC) together with the Eastern Regional Health Directorate has proposed that heads of SHS are compelled to at least employ a resident health officer.

A second-year student of the Koforidua Secondary Technical School in the Eastern Region died Friday at the Government Hospital in Koforidua of a suspected case of meningitis.

Similar deaths and outbreak of diseases including swine flu have been recorded in a number of SHSs in the country

The death of the Koforidua Sec has caused some concern in the school as some students fear that this could be the onset of a disease outbreak, similar to the health crisis at the Kumasi Academy in the Ashanti Region.

Speaking on the issue, Eric Kwakye Darfuor, Eastern Regional Minister said he wouldn’t want to state that the death recorded at Koforidua Sec Tech was a result of “overcrowding” in the school as is being purported.

He added that friends of the deceased student asserted to the fact that, the student had been ill for some time.

“If you talk to those of them who are close to him, he has not been healthy for some time. He did not report early,” he said.

The Regional Minister added that it is a call to “actually compel heads of institution to create a first point of call for all the schools, employ some health officials and put them there, because it beats imagination how you can be handling about three thousand students without any form of medical attendance; anything can happen’’

But the Public Relations Officer of the Ghana Education Service, Reverend Jonathan Bettey said the GES “does not listen to suggestion and take immediately” but rather present such suggestions to the Minister of Education.

“He [the minister] will also move ahead and present it the parliament or the government for that matter and to the final person that will take a decision” he added.

Rev. Bettey indicated that GES only implements policies so if it becomes a policy that all schools in this country should have clinics, and then it will “trickle down” to GES to compel the schools to comply.

By 3news.com|Ghana

‘Withdraw your wards from KUMACA if…’- Father of deceased student advises

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Mr. Adu-Boffour [2nd left] and his wife [L] and some family members

Father of one of the students of Kumasi Academy who died of swine flu has asked parents to withdraw their children from the school if authorities fail to find lasting solution to what he termed ‘mysterious deaths’.

Mr Kofi Adu-Boffour whose daughter, Clementina Konadu, was buried Tuesday, observed not much is being done to prevent such deaths which have been recurring in the school.

At the burial and funeral rites of her daughter, she told Kumasi-based Akoma FM at one of their PTA meetings, he said he raised concerns about the ‘mysterious deaths of students which the school authorities promised to find solutions to, but noted that nothing was done about it.

On Tuesday, health officials announced at a news conference that the outbreak has been contained to prevent further spread.

“The situation at KUMACA is under control now because for the past three days we have not recorded any case of swine flu among the students,” Ashanti Regional Health Director, Dr. Emmanuel Tinkorang, told journalists.

But Mr. Adu-Boffour believes not much is being done to end the recurring death which he said started three years ago.

“If the school authority, government could not find solution to these mysterious deaths, I will advise that parents withdraw their wards from the school and find them different school,” he advised.

In his view, the deaths are becoming one too many in the school, saying “these deaths have been reoccurring in the school”The late 16-year-old Clementina Konadu was a second year science student of the school and one of the four students who died of swine flu that rocked the school two weeks ago.

A total of 85 students of the Kumasi Academy were affected with the H1N1 influenza Type A virus, popularly known as swine flu virus since November 30, 2017.

Eleven of the affected are currently on admission at four hospitals in Kumasi but officials say they are also in stable condition.

Health authorities struggled to identify the disease until Thursday, December 7, 2017 when officials announced tests have revealed the disease as H1N1.

READ: KUMACA students died of swine flu – Health Minister

Ahead of that, students were between given broad spectrum antibiotics with the hope of preventing further spread of the then unknown disease which was suspected caused by atypical bacterial.

Twenty-six blood samples were sent to Noguchi to be tested for Ebola, Marburg and Lassa but all came out negative, ruling out fears of the cause of deaths being Ebola as earlier speculated.

Fifty-five samples which were sent to Kumasi Center for Collaborative Research (KCCR),with 13 blood samples,15 throat swabs and 10 Cerebro-spinal fluids to be tested for Meningitis, Encephalitis and Viral hemorrhagic fever (VHF), all tested negative as well.

Health Minister, Kwaku Agyeman Manu on Thursday, December 7 revealed laboratory test results from the Noguchi Memorial Centre for Medical Research showed that majority of the samples from the students of KUMACA tested Positive for Influenza Type-A H1N1.

Since Sunday, December 10, 2017 authorities have been fumigating the entire school.

Meanwhile, Mr. Adu-Boffour has told Akoma FM her daughter had wanted to become a medical doctor in future but her life was cut short by the outbreak of the disease.

He said the Clementina had a plan study for a doctorate degree at the Oxford University, noting these and many more would make him miss her late daughter.

By Antwi Boasiako|Akoma FM|3news.com|Ghana

Bawku SHS: One student dies of meningitis; five on admission

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At least one student of the Bawku Senior High Technical School has been confirmed dead following what is believe to be an outbreak of meningitis in the school.

Five more students have been admitted at the Bawku Presbyterian Hospital on Wednesday.

Doctors at the hospital confirmed to TV3’s Upper East regional correspondent, Rabiu Tanko Mohammed, that meningitis has been identified as the cause of death of a third year student of the school.

Some agitated parents have rushed to the school to ascertain what is happening there whilst others make frantic efforts to take their wards home.

Meanwhile, Rabiu said the students were gathered by the school’s authorities and educated on what to do when they detect any symptoms of meningitis.

Dr Clement Oppong, the Medical Director at the Bawku Presbyterian Hospital, told TV3 the deceased was brought to the facility on Tuesday and was diagnosed with meningitis but died later.

The development at Bawku Senior Technical School comes a day after one student from Damongo Senior High School in the West Gonja District of the Northern Region died and nine were admitted  as a result of meningitis.

These reports also come on the heels of the outbreak of swine flu at the Kumasi Academy Senior High School which affected 85 students and claimed lives of four students of the school.

Meanwhile, one student of Tempane Senior High School has also been admitted at the Bawku Presbyterian Hospital due to meningitis.

Meningitis is an inflammation of the membranes (meninges) surrounding your brain and spinal cord. The swelling from meningitis typically triggers symptoms such as headache, fever and a stiff neck.

Read also: KUMACA swine flu: 11 students on admission out of 85 cases recorded

By Isaac Essel | 3news.com