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Gov’t will ensure functional, ICT-driven educational system – Akufo-Addo

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The President of the Republic, Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo, has reiterated the commitment of his government to providing the youth of Ghana with a functional, ICT-driven educational system, that constantly responds to the challenges and evolution of modern science and technology.

According to President Akufo-Addo, “my government’s focus is to work to provide every school and community with an ICT infrastructure to keep them in touch with global trends, and also equip our youth with the skills that will be necessary in Ghana’s economic transformation.”

He made this known on Wednesday, April 26, 2017, when he commissioned the Akyem Wenchi Educational Circuit Community Information Centre, at Soabe, in the Eastern Region, the very first project he is commissioning as President of the Republic.

In his brief remarks to the gathering, the President noted that his government, as is stated in the NPP’s manifesto of 2016, intends to improve the facilities and the curriculum for ICT education at all levels. Government, he added, also intends to ensure that all teachers have ICT competence.

“I am delighted, therefore, to commission this project, because it is the first to put into expression the NPP’s commitment on ICT and Education,” he said.

He continued, “I am certain that this community information centre will have a positive impact on learning in the Akyem Wenchi Educational Circuit, and will increase flexibility so that students can access education, regardless of time and geographical barriers,” he said.

President Akufo-Addo noted that “if a student studying in one of our communities, for example, wishes to find out what the latest technology in electroplating is, his or her problems could be minimized if he or she had an opportunity to use a computer equipped with the services of the internet. This is because a world of rich and abundant knowledge will lay before him or her at the click of an icon on a computer.

ICT in education has a multiplier effect, by enhancing learning and providing students with new sets of skills; by reaching students with poor or no access (especially those in rural areas); by facilitating and improving the training of teachers; and by minimizing costs associated with the delivery of traditional instruction.”

Thus, to enhance access to information to users of the Akyem Wenchi Information Centre, the President revealed that the Ghana Investment Fund For Electronic Communications (GIFEC) has equipped the centre with access to free internet services.

“In the not too distant future, the free WiFi coverage policy will be extended to senior secondary and tertiary institutions nationwide dedicated to learning, administration and enhancing the capacity to do research,” the President assured, much to the delight of the gathering.

President Akufo-Addo challenged the youth of Soabe to take advantage of the opportunities that will be afforded to them by the facility.

“You are living in perhaps the most exciting time in our history, so please make the best out of it. Some say this is our time. I say this is your time and tomorrow will be the time of your children.  We want to build a new Ghanaian civilization, where fair opportunities are given to all to live dignified, productive lives by dint of their hard work, creativity and sense of enterprise. It is a bright period in the Ghanaian journey,” he noted.

The Information Centre, constructed by the Prof. & Mrs. S.K.B. Asante Educational Trust Fund, boasts 40 desktop computers.

The Information Centre is not the only project undertaken by the Prof. & Mrs. S.K.B. Asante Educational Trust Fund in this town. In 1996, the Fund was responsible for the electrification project of Soabe. Adjoining communities, such as Akyem Wenchi and Kusi, have also been beneficiaries of scholarship packages for students, the construction of 13 teachers’ quarters, a library and a modern police post.

Source: FHCB

About 3,500 UPSA undergraduates defend dissertations

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A section of the undergraduate students ready to defend their dissertations

Nearly 3,500 undergraduate students of the University of Professional Studies in Accra are appearing before the university’s faculty to defend their thesis as part of their graduation requirements.

Students who pursued all programmes formed groups and selected research topics, and worked diligently all school year to prepare for their final dissertation this week.Unlike most universities where dissertation is a requirement for only Master Degree students and above, UPSA requires undergraduates to write and defend their thesis before they graduate.

As a premier business and professional university, it is important to prepare students for their future careers and introduce them to experiences that they will have in the business world.

Dissertations are a great opportunity for students to fine-tune their skills presenting, information sharing, collaboration, receiving constructive criticism, and persuading an audience to adopt their ideas and recommendations.

By UPSA||Ghana

Bolga Poly students up in arms against SRC over ‘exorbitant’ 12-seater van

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Students of Bolgatanga Polytechnic on Monday staged a demonstration against executive of the Students Representative Council (SRC) over what they say is the mismanagement of funds.

According to the irate students, the buying of a 12-seater van at GH¢66,000 is way beyond normal.

The students demand a refund or the entire executive resign en mass.

The SRC explained that it purchased the Nissan caravan in January 2017 for the use of student body. A total of GH¢70,000 was involved in getting the van to the Sumbrungu campus from Accra.

But after a majority of the students described the cost as exorbitant, they impeached the SRC president last Friday and followed up with a demonstration on Monday.

The spokesman for the student body, Moses Asooh, said they may proceed to court if their pleas are not heard by close of Tuesday.

Meanwhile, Rector of Bolgatanga Polytechnic Dr. Atinga Mba appealed to the students to be calm because a committee has been set up to investigate the matter as management resolves to defend the image of the school.

There was heavy security on campus to avert any unseen circumstances. The demonstration was peaceful overall.

By Rabiu Mohammed Tanko||Ghana

Use your skills to transform society – Dr Opata

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Dr. Sazrar Opata, the Board Chairman of the University College of Management Studies (UCOM), on Saturday, urged graduands at its Sixth Congregation to translate their knowledge and skills to bring the needed change in the society.

He challenged the graduands to be imaginative and not simply conform to the status quo, but pursue their dreams and passions in life.

Speaking at the University’s Congregation in Accra, Dr Opata urged parents, host communities and corporate institutions to come out with innovative ideas that would enhance the development of the University.

The Board Chairman appealed to the government to institute measures to resource private universities, which could be in the form of subvention and provision of buses while funds must be made available to lecturers to facilitate research.

Professor Mawutor Avoke, the Vice Chancellor of the University College of Education, Winneba, in delivering the Keynote address, said many global challenges had been acted upon by innovative ideas by private universities; and, therefore, urged the government to contribute resources towards sustaining private universities so as to train the needed workforce for socio-economic development.

He said UCOM had trained and equipped many graduates who could be found in both public and private sectors contributing their quota to national development.

He urged the grandaunds to exhibit high levels of dedication, accountability, integrity and honesty in all their endeavours and be worthy ambassadors of the University.

“Do not cheat, lie or steal and let these be your personal code in the world of work, “he advised.

Out of 393 graduands, 34 had First Class, 186 obtained Second Class Upper, 165 had Second Class Lower and 10 had Third Class.

The University runs programmes in Bachelor of Science Degree in Accounting, Banking and Finance, Human Resource Management, as well as Marketing and Procurement and Supply Chain Management.

The University presented awards to deserving graduands who excelled in their courses with the Overall Best Graduating Student going to Master Gabriel Joe Sam while Miss Yvonne Owusu Ansah was adjudged the Best Female Student.

Source: GNA | Ghana

Private university cries for gov’t support

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Local President of the Private Universities Association of Ghana (PUSAG) at the All Nations University College in Koforidua, Eastern Region has made a call on government to make them enjoy subventions as they also pay taxes.

Addressing a gathering of the College’s management and the media to report on the performance of the College at the recent PUSAG, Ebenezer Appiah-Kubi lamented how private universities have to compete with public universities in the area of recruitment and retention of highly qualified faculty.

“There is the non-ubiquitous lack of finances for expansion, research, inadequate infrastructure among others,” he noted, adding that “libraries are ill-resourced and laboratories are also acute”.

He pointed out that the recent salary increment for government workers makes compensation packages in public universities more attractive than what most private universities can afford.

“In well-endowed countries, [private] universities receive funding from a variety of sources including government agencies such as sponsorship, falls into contract, corporate agreement, gift endowment and royalties.”

However, he said, private universities in Ghana do not have access to these funding sources and have to rely mainly on internally generated funds (IGFs) and loans that attract abnormally high interest rates from banks.

He said public universities, on the other hand, are subsidised by government and “we think it is good and natural for government to assist us”.

“We think private universities should not be deprived of government intervention such as GETFund, state scholarship and research grants and even subsidize for infrastructure expansion.”

All Nations University College was awarded overall best in the just-ended PUSAG Games held at Cape Coast in the Central Region after its students took medals in volleyball, football, athletics, among others.

The Registrar, Andrian Ion, commended students for the laurels won.

By Yvonne Neequaye||Ghana

Adisadel Old Boys donate to Countryside Children’s Home

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The 2011 year group of Adisadel College Old Boys Association has donated items worth GHC3,000 to the Countryside Children’s Home at Bawjiase in the Central Region.

The donation, which formed part of the Association’s maiden Easter celebration activities saw the SANTA ‘11 year group give out assorted items, including boxes of assorted drinks, noodles, gallons of oil, bags of rice, powdered soap, sachets and boxes of mineral water to the children.

It was supported by Youth Volunteers Agency (European Educational Consult) and HP CREW.

Presenting the items on behalf of SANTA ’11, Mr. Eric Ohemeng, President of the Association, said the donation forms part of the association’s efforts to support the needy in society.

“As we celebrate the death and resurrection of our savior Jesus Christ, we as a group want to show the love Jesus has for us by spending time with these wonderful kids,” he said.

Mr. Ohemeng again advised the children to take their education serious and remember that God loves them.

The Mother and Founder of the home, Emma Boafo Yeboah, expressed gratitude to the SANTA ‘11 year group for taking the initiative to support them, saying “the home is honoured to receive the donation”.

She stated that children are a blessing, adding was imperative for all levels of society to contribute to their upkeep and wellbeing. She also appealed to other bodies to support the children’s home.

According to her, the children’s home depends on agriculture and corporate donations to survive but wants government and corporate Ghana to support them be self-sufficient using agriculture.

“We have 75 hectares of land with a mango plantation, oil palm plantation, cassava and a pig farm. There are huge hectares of land still available for projects so we humbly appeal to the government to remember us in the “planting for food and jobs” and the “one district, one factory” programmes.”The Public Relations Officer of Santa ’11, Mr. Benjamin A. Obeng, thanked the Home for their warm reception and assured them of future support from the their year group.He advised the children to use the Easter period to solemnly reflect on their life and take solace in Jesus Christ in all their endeavors.

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Readbook Library Ghana puts smiles on pupils of Manya-Jorpanya school

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Co-founder of Read-book Library Ghana, a non-governmental organization (NGO), Miriam Osei-Agyemang, who is also host of 3FM’s mid-morning show Urban Blend, has entreated corporate Ghana to – as part of their corporate social responsibilities – focus more on efforts towards improving education in rural communities.

Read-Book Library Ghana among others seeks to provide children in urban poor and in the rural areas access to useful reading materials to rekindle their love for reading.

Speaking at the Readbook Library Ghana end-of-term event – sponsored by 3FM – for pupils of the Manya-Jorpanya D/A Basic School in the Eastern Region, Miriam Osei-Agyemang called for a collaborative effort to make education attractive to children in the rural areas.

The end-of-term event, which was headlined by ‘Wedding Car’ hitmaker Dadie Opanka and supported by TV3’s New Day host Johhnie Hughes and DJ Jaydy of the Urban blend fame, entertained over 200 pupils of the School with support of Indomie Ghana and challenged the children to spontaneous spelling competitions, for which winners received books.

On his part, Marketing Manager of De United Foods Industries Ghana Ltd, brand owners of Indomie, Belo Jean Cida Haruna, said as a nutritious meal provider, Indomie was equally interested in contributing to the reading skills of deprived children hence the decision to support Readbook Lib. Ghana.

The wife of the Divisional Chief of Manya, Mrs Rebecca Tei, lauded Readbook for the initiative and urged the children to spend more time on their books during the vacation to save them from engaging in social vices.

Co-founder of Readbook Lib. Gh Isaac Kwadwo Asare thanked the Chief and elders for the dedication and the immense support shown towards Readbook’s activities to enhance the standard of education in the community.


Over 5,000 students benefits from Lexta Ghana’s teen care campaign

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Over 5,000 Senior High School (SHS) students from schools in the Greater Accra Region have benefited from Lexta Ghana Limited’s ‘Teen Care Campaign.’

The nationwide campaign from the stables of the producers and suppliers of Yazz products and Hooch Foods was launched in February 2017 with the aim of visiting SHS’ across the country to educate students on how to properly manage their hygiene needs through the cultivation of personal and general hygiene habits in their adolescent years.

The Greater Accra edition visited schools including, St Mary’s SHS, City Business Secondary School (CIBUSCO),Armed Forces Secondary Technical School, Presbyterian Boys’ SHS (PRESEC, Legon),Wesley Grammar School, among others. The students benefited from education on cervical cancer, feminine hygiene and oral care. There was also clean-up exercises in some of the schools.

Martin Brobbey is CEO of Lexta

Not only did the beneficiary schools get quality health education from seasoned health professionals, as well as product donations worth thousands of Ghana Cedis, they also had the opportunity to experience the company’s Yazz and Hooch brands.

School authorities from the beneficiary schools commended Lexta Ghana Limited for the initiative and called for more future collaborations.

The Assistant Headmaster of Armed Forces Secondary Technical School, Mr. Adama said: “We are glad we openedour doors for this campaign to take place here because both staff and students have been exposed to new knowledge on cervical cancer and menstrual hygiene. With these adolescents in our care during their stay in school, we need all the help we can get to mould them to become responsible in every aspect of their lives and so thank you to Lexta and the Medical Women Association of Ghana for this initiative.”

Students of Accra Girls Senior High School

Commenting on his contribution towards the campaign,a renowned Dentist at the Korle Bu Teaching Hospital, Dr. Philip Bayitse said: “The number of students who had never been to a dentist was not encouraging. Some had cavities but they were either scared to go and see a dentist or they did not know if anything could be done about it.That worries me because the implications can be very troubling.”

He continued saying, “I am happy to be contributing to the shaping of the minds and possibly the career path of these students.”

On his part, the Head of Sales and Marketing at Lexta Ghana Limited, Mr. Seth Ntiamoah-Asare promised that more schools will be roped in to spread the impact of the campaign far and wide.

“Lexta exists to make a difference by caring for the everyday needs of its consumers. As you all know, we are into the production and distribution of personal care, home care and food products and most of these products make it onto the list of items used by SHS students during their stay in school.

“As a socially conscious company, this is our way of giving back by educating them on how and why they should adopt a personal healthcare lifestyle to protect them from diseases and infections,” he said.

The Lexta ‘Teen Care Campaign’; the company’s flagship Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) is being organized in partnership with the Medical Women Association of Ghana (MWAG), led by the President Dr. Naa Sodzi-Tettey and Dr Sandra Crabbe who are championing cervical cancer education and screening across the country.

The Lexta Teen Care Campaign’s next stop is the Central Region which is due to begin in the second quarter of the year.

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Zimbabwe schools accept goats for fees

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Zimbabwe’s new ‘goat economy’ now includes school fees

Parents in Zimbabwe who cannot afford school fees can offer livestock such as goats or sheep as payment, a government minister has said.

The country’s education minister Lazarus Dokora told the pro-government Sunday Mail newspaper that schools will have to show flexibility when it comes to demanding tuition fees from parents, and that they should accept not only livestock, but also services and skills. “If there is a builder in the community, he/she must be given that opportunity to work as a form of payment of tuition fees,” the paper quoted him as saying.

Some schools are already accepting livestock as payments, the Sunday Mail reports.

A ministry official clarified Dr Dokora’s comments: “Parents of the concerned children can pay the fees using livestock. That is mostly for rural areas, but parents in towns and cities can pay through other means; for instance, doing certain work for the school.”

It follows a move last week where Zimbabwe allowed people to use their livestock, such as goats, cows and sheep, to back bank loans. Under legislation introduced in parliament this week, borrowers would be allowed to register “movable” assets, including motor vehicles and machinery, as collateral, the BBC’s World Business Report said.

According to the Bulawayo24 news portal, Zimbabwe’s worsening cash crisis means that people frequently spend hours queueing at banks to withdraw cash. The government says the shortage is due to people taking hard currency out of the country, but critics say it’s due to lack of investment and rising unemployment, Bulawayo24 says.

Social media has met the goats-for-fees idea with a mixture of scorn and gallows humour. Zimbabwean novelist Tsitsi Dangarembga tweeted “If we had been told in 1970 ‘We are fighting to introduce cattle and goats as currency. Please help & die for this’ what would we have said?”; while another Twitter user – recognising the fact that not all farm animals are born equal – asked “Can I get a job as a goat evaluator?”

Source: BBC Monitoring

DPS International holds graduation for ‘A’ Level students

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Delhi Public School (DPS) International, Ghana, a private school at Tema in the Greater Accra Region has held a special graduation ceremony for 22 outgoing ‘A’ Level students of the school with sterling cultural performances.  

The colourful ceremony was graced with multi-cultural performances amidst drama, poetry recital, singing and choreography from students and witnessed by parents, school authorities and other guests.

The celebration was to acknowledge the teachers and students hard work which had propelled them to the enviable standard in the academic circle.

Certificates and special prizes were presented to the graduating students.

Uttering farewell wishes to the graduates, the Director of the School, Mr. Mukesh Thakwani congratulated the outgoing class of the school which he described as special batch due to their outstanding achievements including laurels won for themselves and the school.

He urged them to keep their shine and continue to serve as ambassadors of the school.

He was optimistic that the quality training and teachings received by the graduates in both academics and extracurricular activities had prepared them well to become successful in the near future, adding that “I will not be surprised to see some of our graduates become President, business magnates, doctors, lawyers and other professions in the near future as a result of the good tuition they received and their successes.”

The Director of DPS International Ghana, enumerated some of the achievements and other laurels which culminated to the admired academic excellence of the school and challenged the remaining students to continue with the good works of their seniors and endeavour to chalk more success.

He admonished the students to take advantage of the excellent tuition they had and improve in the fast changing world, saying that students of all cultures were taught universal values and ethics along with modern science, while the teachers focused on differences in each individual because every person varies.

Encouraging the students, Principal of the school, Mr. Raj David indicated that education is a lifelong enterprise therefore parents must ensure that their children are given the best of tuition as far as their future is concerned.

He challenged the graduates to psyche themselves up to improve in the midst of challenges they may face.

The Principal advised the outgoing students to desist from social vices so that they could fit into society and make meaningful impact on the lives of people around them.

He called on parents to see the child as a mirror reflecting the whole family and the education they give the child will determine the fortunes of the entire family.

The students, amidst sobs, took their turns to express their joy and sorrow for leaving the school wishing to have had all their academic education at DPS international.

Cobby  Ocran, an outgoing student thanked DPS international, Ghana fraternity for the discipline, knowledge and wisdom instilled in him to become a good person for himself and his parents.

He was impressed with the use of extracurricular activities to teach students important values in life and urged the school authorities to uphold it.

DPS International Ghana has won the National Spelling Bee competition on several occasions and recorded the highest performance at the Scripps National Spelling Bee in the US.

The school has also added to its several local and international laurels, some outstanding awards from Cambridge International Examinations High Achievers’ Award and American Mathematics Competition (AMC) which was organised by the Mathematics Association of America among others.

Source: | Ghana