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Agric students pack out of Kumasi campus over allowance issues

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Dormitories and lecture halls were all empty Tuesday

Students of the Kwadaso Agric College in Kumasi in the Ashanti Region have packed out of their campus as part of a series of protest over government’s failure to restore allowances for agric trainees in the country.

A visit to the school by 3News Tuesday showed an empty campus with deserted classrooms as students were said to have abandoned lectures and left for their respective homes.

Red bands were had been tied at the dormitories and lecture halls to signify their protest.

Few students who were seen on the campus of the College told 3News they were also preparing to also leave.

SRC President of Kwadaso Agric College, Stanley Mensah, said they are not ready to resume academic work until government restores their allowance.

One of the students, Oppong Nsiah, who was on campus Tuesday told 3News his colleagues left the campus last Friday after they picketed in Accra to demand for the restoration of their training allowance.

“Personally, I’m here because I have animals on campus that I have to take care of and you know the daily routine and activities involved in animal production; you can’t just leave them there,” he said, noting he has managed to get someone to take care the animals and would be leaving the campus by close of day.

“We feel like we’ve not been treated fairly and feel like we’ve been left out. They should do something about our issue so that we can come back to campus to continue our academic exercise,” Nsiah added.

Another student who spoke on condition of anonymity said he was still on campus because of a project he is currently undertaking, which he said requires consistent monitoring.

“We can only be convinced if the President come out to tell us or the leadership of the presidency come and tell us something that will calm us down. If actually they will not give us the allowance, they should give us a substitute that will be like we’ve been given allowances,” he appealed

Deputy Director and Vice Principal of the College, Bright Akoto, told 3News it was unfortunate that it had come to this point, saying “Of course I’m surprised because this decision of theirs is going to throw the entire academic calendar out of gear.

He said the semester has been programmed to end by December 24, and expressed the hope that the students return for lectures to continue so that they can write their exams before the exams ends.

“In the event that they are unable to come, then we will have to talk to Cape Coast University because we are directly under them so that they advise us what to do,” Mr Akoto said.

By Ibrahim Abubakar|3news.com|Ghana

Students kick against mining in Atiwa Forest

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The Coalition of Students in Conservation (COSIC) has kicked against government’s decision to extract bauxite beneath the Atiwa Forest Reserve.

The group said the Reserve is one of the critical water sources in Ghana providing water to over 5 million residents in Greater Accra and Eastern regions as well as parts of Central Region.

Addressing the media in Kumasi, COSIC noted that it is not against leveraging of the country’s bauxite mineral deposits for development but concerned about government’s plans with the Chinese to extract bauxite beneath the Atiwa Forest Reserve.

“As students, we are not against the Government of Ghana leveraging on our many bauxite mineral deposits to develop the country. Indeed, the exploitation of the many mineral resources in Ghana to drive economic growth and development is not out of place. However, we are concerned about the plans of government in an MOU with the Chinese to extract bauxite beneath the Atiwa Forest Reserve which provides water to many Ghanaians.”

The President of COSIC, Obeng Boama Emmanuel, lauded the effort by the government to raise the needed funds to address the developmental needs of residents but said it must be done without creating situations that threaten citizens’ existence now and in the future.

“As Ambassadors on this important water tower – Atiwa Forest Reserve, we stand with many well-meaning Ghanaians and all civil society organizations as well as research institutions to call for de-listing of the Atiwa Forest Resrve from areas targeted for bauxite mining,” Mr Obeng Boama noted.

COSIC is appealing to President Akufo-Addo to use his executive power to declare Atiwa Forest as a National Park to provide some level of security and stability for the implementation of sustainable activities.

The move, according to the students, will also entrench Ghana’s commitment to the Sustainable Development Goals 6, 11, 13, and 15.

The Coalition comprise of Renewable Natural Resources Students Association (RENARSA), Forest Resources Technology Students Association (FORTSA), Save the Frogs, and KNUST AROCHA.

By Ibrahim Abubakar|3news.com|Ghana

We’re tired of sweeping used condoms, ‘wee’ embers– Pupils cry out

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The classroom block of the Agona Amanful Basic School in the Agona East District of the Central Region has been turned into a ‘ghetto base’ by some miscreants engaged in prostitution and illegal drugs.

Pupils of the school say the activities of these miscreants leave their classrooms in a mess all the time, noting they have to sweep used condoms, marijuana embers and faeces every morning before classes take place.

Doors and windows to the classrooms are without locks, and currently in a deplorable state, which the pupils say, give the miscreants the opportunity to access the place at night for their nefarious activities.

They told Accra-based Onua FM that they are tired of having to go through the trauma of sweeping used condoms and faeces as well as pieces of marijuana by these miscreants every morning.

The pupils have thus appealed to and want educational, security and district assembly authorities to intervene and ensure an end to the situation.

Deplorable classrooms

Meanwhile, the school authorities say the school block is in a deplorable state and threatens the lives of the pupils.

Some pupils who spoke to Onua FM narrated how they always have to suspend classes, and in some classes, close whenever it rains due to roof leakages and cracked walls of their classroom block.

Headmistress of the school, Adelia Kafui Lagbeneku, said the situation at the school was getting out of hand, adding that they are also faced with inadequate desks for pupils to sit on for their lessons.

District chief executive for Agona East, Dennis Armah, cautioned the ‘wee smokers’ who have been using the classrooms of the school for their criminal activities.

He said the assembly will not hesitate to prosecute anyone who will be arrested.

By 3news.com|Ghana

Mr. Anthony Kwaku Amoah (seated left) in a group photograph with the staff of Metsrikasa Basic School

GES PRO proposes “One Class, One Item” to parents

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Mr. Anthony Kwaku Amoah (seated left) in a group photograph with the staff of Metsrikasa Basic School

Mr. Anthony Kwaku Amoah (seated left) in a group photograph with the staff of Metsrikasa Basic School

Mr. Anthony Kwaku Amoah, the Deputy Public Relations Officer (PRO) of Ghana Education Service (GES), has urged parents to strengthen their support for child education in the country.

Speaking during the donation of a carton of 50 boxes of chalk to the Metsrikasa D/A Basic School in Akatsi North District, where pupils, teachers and the executives of the school’s Parent-Teacher Association (PTA) were present, Mr. Anthony Amoah said the time had come for parents to intensify their support for quality education service delivery to pupils.

“…let us respect the view that it is only when the school does well that the community can develop with cases of unemployment, poverty and diseases becoming non-existent. And so, I do not believe that I would be chased out of here if I should propose that from today onwards we are ready to do what I also call “One Class, One Item”.

“A parent can adopt a class in a school, whether he or she has a child in that class or not, to occasionally visit and to donate, say a box of chalk, a packet of pens or pencils, or a set of books, to be shared among the pupils”, he said.

Mr. James Agbenorlawodze, the Circuit Supervisor of the area, said schools under his outfit would continue to partner stakeholders so as to promote quality education among the pupils.

Madam Mary Ganyo, the headmistress of the school, expressed her gratitude to the PRO and appealed for textbooks and a set of computers with accessories to support education in the school.

From Sophia Dumega | Metsrikasa (V/R)

Accra Technical University lecturers withdraw services

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The school was converted into a Technical University in 2015

Lecturers at the Accra Technical University have withdrawn their services Tuesday morning as a result of poor conditions of service in the school. 

The situation, they noted, is dire to the extent that some students are compelled by circumstance to sit on tables during lecture hours.

Numbering about 50, the lecturers suspended all forms of teaching activities to force management of the school to address what they describe as nuisance.

The lecturers who constitute the local chapter of Technical University Teachers’ Association of Ghana said the students’ population far outnumbers chairs in the lecture halls, reason why students are forced to sit on tables during lecture hours.

They also said the urinals in the school produce unbearable stench, which is not good for the health of the students.

Moreover, teaching aids, including projector, public address systems, bulbs and wall sockets have not been functioning for years, the claimed.

The lecturers said on September 4 this year, the Association served management with final notification to fix the broken down facilities but to no avail.

Chairman of the Technical University Teachers’ Association Of Ghana, Dr. Jones Adjei Ntiamoah told a press conference on Tuesday, “We think that the management we have is not proactive.”

According to him, most of the management members have been lecturers before and know the problems facing the school, and was therefore surprised that they tend to forget about the challenges of teachers when they get to the management level.

Dr. Jones Adjei Ntiamoah admitted the Association is no longer following due process to the get problems resolved because earlier processes did not yield any meaningful result.

Although school authorities have begun addressing the lecturers concerns, they have vowed not to return to the classrooms until their grievances are fully addressed.

Source: 3news.com | Ghana 

 

800-Capacity SHS shut down due to low enrolment

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Abeadze State College photo: Daily Graphic

The Abeadze State College at Abeadze Dominase in the Central Region has been closed down due to low enrolment.

The school, which has facilities to accommodate more than 800 students, was established in 2004 by the chiefs and people of Abeadze Dominase in the Mfantseman municipality but has been left at the mercy of weeds and reptiles.

The facilities rotting on the weedy campus include a 400-capacity boys’ dormitory, a girls’ dormitory of the same capacity and a 12-unit classroom block.

The predicament

The school is not government assisted and has been recording low intake for some time now, but it has now been completely shut down following the introduction of the Free Senior High School (SHS) Policy.

The few continuing students in the school have also not reported since the beginning of the term in September, with teachers also withdrawing their services.

The Omanhen of the area, Dasebre Kwebu Ewusi, who conducted the Central Regional Minister, Kwamena Duncan, round the school, expressed worry that such a facility would be allowed to go waste.

Dasebre Ewusi noted that with the implementation of the Free SHS Policy, no student was ready to come to the school because it had not been absorbed as a government-assisted school for the students to benefit from the policy.

He called on the ministry to take over the school and ensure that students were placed in the school.

Regional Minister with some chiefs on the tour

The Headmistress of the school, Margaret Forson, said it was discouraging for all who had put in efforts to start the school for Abeadze Dominase and communities in its catchment area.

She, therefore, called on the Ministry of Education and the Ghana Education Service (GES) to help revive the school.

For his part, the regional minister said it was worrying that while some schools were reportedly congested with the roll-out of the Free SHS, such a facility would be made to rot.

He added that it was important to harness all resources for national development.

Mr Duncan, therefore, called on the related ministries to urgently work to resolve the situation.

He pledged that the regional coordinating council would work with all stakeholders, including traditional authorities, to bring prosperity to the people of the region.

The tour

Mr Duncan had earlier, called on the Omanhen of Animator and Nkusukum Traditional Area and later that of the Mankessim Traditional Area and assured them that the government would work to bring accelerated development to the region.

He later met with workers at the Mfantseman Municipal Assembly and urged them to work hard to improve sanitation in the municipality.

Source: Daily Graphic | Ghana

Kaduna's governor has promised to restore the "dignity of education"

Nigeria teachers fail primary school exams

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Kaduna's governor has promised to restore the "dignity of education"

Kaduna’s governor has promised to restore the “dignity of education” Photo: AFP

Thousands of primary schoolteachers in Nigeria’s Kaduna State have failed the very exams they prepare pupils for.

Authorities in northern Nigeria’s Kaduna State say more than 20,000 primary school teachers will be dismissed as they failed to pass examination tests meant for their pupils.

This is coming amid apprehension that most primary and secondary schools in Nigeria are churning out half-baked students.

State governor Nasir El-Rufai said that 21,780 teachers, or two-thirds of them, failed to score 75% or higher on assessments usually given to six-year-olds.

Mr El-Rufai said all 33,000 primary schoolteachers in Kaduna State took the test.

He made the comments at a meeting with World Bank representatives at his offices, adding:

“The hiring of teachers in the past was politicised and we intend to change that by bringing in young and qualified primary school teachers to restore the dignity of education in the state.”

Mr. El-Rufai said qualified teachers would be employed to replace the dismissed teachers.

It is unclear when this will happen.

A senior official in the state told the BBC that more tests would also be carried out in the coming weeks for secondary school teachers to determine their suitability.

Analysts say the figures are a terrible reminder of the deplorable state of education in Nigeria, where it is alleged that the hiring of teachers has always been politicised.

Source: BBC

Parents told not to pressure president for toilet facilities

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Mr. Anthony Kwaku Amoah speaking at Anquist College Complex

Mr. Anthony Kwaku Amoah, the Deputy Public Relations Officer (PRO) of Ghana Education Service (GES), has urged parents to intensify their collaboration with the government and the GES in the provision of good-quality education to the pupils and youth of the country.

Speaking recently at the 5th anniversary celebrations of Anquist College Complex, which was under the theme, “Changing communities through education: the role of stakeholders”, Mr. Anthony Amoah said it was absurd for any community to wait for the president of the country to cut a sod before they thought of how to construct a toilet facility for children to use in school.

“All of us are stakeholders. Parents, families, the community (including traditional authorities), the church, organisations and the government have a stake in our schools and in our communities. We ought to revive our communal and self-help spirit in all things. Why do we have to wait for the president to come down to cut the sod for the construction of a toilet facility in our own school? Where are the PTAs, SMCs, boards of governors, old student groups, community development unions and the kind people that are among us? Another fact is that the task of providing good-quality education and development is about partnership. All of us must appreciate this position and try to honour it all the time for our common good”, he said.

Torgbui Nyamekor Glakpeh V, the paramount chief of the Ave-Dakpa Traditional Area, who chaired the function, called for total collaboration between stakeholders and the government in providing education, adding, “We have the Free SHS programme now. All of us must support it for it to succeed. Let us ensure that every child goes to school to study well.”

Mr. Prince Takpah, the care-taker of the school, appealed to the government for the supply of computers and textbooks in order to improve education in the school.

Mr. Anthony Kwaku Amoah (seated left) in a group photograph with the staff of Metsrikasa Basic School

Mr. Anthony Kwaku Amoah (seated left) in a group photograph with the staff of Metsrikasa Basic School

In another development, Mr. Anthony Amoah donated some 50 boxes of chalk to Ave-Metsrikasa D/A Basic School in the Akatsi North District where he told a gathering of pupils and teachers to devise innovative ways of improving teaching and learning in the school.

“As pupils study hard, teachers get motivated to do more research on the things that they teach and the school will continue to perform well. Let us all engage ourselves on the things that we can do together to improve the quality of teaching and learning in this school of ours”, he said.

By Senyo Agbedefu, Ave-Dakpa (V/R) |3news.com

 

ADB offers 4-year full scholarship to visually impaired lady

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The Agricultural Development Bank (ADB) has granted a four-year full scholarship to Ms. Regina Akomah, a needy but brilliant visually impaired lady to acquire tertiary education.

Having missed an earlier opportunity due to financial difficulties, Ms. Akomah gained admission for the second time to study for a Bachelor of Education (Special Education) degree at the University of Education, Winneba beginning the 2017/18 academic year.

The sponsorship package includes full tuition and hostel fees to be paid at the beginning of each year for four years beginning the 2017/2018 academic year.

The Managing Director of the Bank, Dr. John Kofi Mensah said the Bank was impressed with the academic records of the lady hence the the decision to give her a full scholarship for the entire duration of her course.

“This would make the assistance more meaningful to Ms. Akomah and impactful to the society at large,” he said.

Ms. Regina Akomah was full of praise and appreciation to Management of the Bank for the surprise package of full scholarship for four years instead of her request for a year’s sponsorship.

“I was hesitant to make a request for a four-year sponsorship because most institutions wouldn’t want to carry such a burden on their finances but ADB out of their benevolence decided to make my dream of having tertiary education a reality,” she said.

Dr. Mensah said the Bank has over the years sponsored several programmes and projects in the areas of health, education, agriculture and tourism.

“We continue to be the major sponsor of a three bedroom house to the National Best Farmer every year as well as our sponsorships of key national events all in our quest to give back to the society we operate in” he said.

Aside the Bank’s sponsorship for agricultural related activities, it has under its corporate social responsibility, promoting tourism, provided quality education for the less privileged and good health facilities in deprived areas.

By 3news.com|Ghana

Free SHS beneficiaries mob Akufo-Addo in northern Ghana

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Hundreds of residents, first year students from some senior high schools, technical and vocational institutions from the three regions of the north, lined up at principal streets in their respective regions to express gratitude to President Akufo-Addo for the implementation of the Free SHS.

The ecstatic students literally held the President’s convoy hostage on Friday when he arrived in the Northern Region for his three-day tour.

They held placards with inscriptions some of which read: “We are beneficiaries of Free SHS”, “Thank you, Mr. President”, “President Akufo-Addo, the visionary leader”, “Free SHS is a blessing to Ghanaians”, “Ghana is working again”, “In 9 months, promises fulfilled”, “We need NPP in power for 50 years” and ‘We now have a competent President”.Earlier on Wednesday, October 4, 2017, upon his entry into Bolgatanga, several hundreds of Free SHS beneficiaries from the Bolgatanga Girls Senior High School gave the President a rousing welcome into the Upper East Region.

On his arrival in the Northern Region, and on his way to Nalerigu to pay a courtesy call on the Nayiri, Naa Bohogu Abdulai Mahami Sheriga, students from the Walewale Vocational Institute, Walewale Secondary Technical School, Gambaga Senior High School, Nalerigu Senior High School, lined up the streets of Walewale, Nalerigu and Gambaga to welcome the President.

The Nayiri in his welcome address to President Akufo-Addo on Friday, 6th October, 2017, summed up the outpouring of joy by students and parents who met President.

“I wish to express my appreciation and gratitude for the many good things and support you have done to benefit my people and the country at large. The government under your able leadership needs to be commended for the numerous pro-poor policies rolled out within the few months into office.Policies such as the Programme for Planting for Food and Jobs, free fertilizer, Free SHS, restoration of teacher and nursing trainee allowances will help reduce poverty in Ghana,” the Nayiri said.

The President on September 12 launched the Free SHS policy  at the West Africa Senior High School in Accra, in fulfilment of his 2016 campaign pledge to the people of Ghana.

Consequent to the introduction of the Free SHS, parents no longer pay tuition fees, admission fees, library fees, science centre fees, computer lab fees, examination fees and utility fees.

Also, there are free textbooks, free boarding and free meals, for students.

The Policy also covers agricultural, vocational and technical institutions at the high school level. Government has also outlined a well-thought out plan that involves the building of new public Senior High Schools and cluster public Senior High Schools.  En route to Damongo first year students from the Pong Tamale Senior High School and Savelugu Senior High School also came out in their numbers to welcome President Akufo-Addo

By 3news.com|Ghana