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Planting of 10,000 trees begins

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The first 1,000 trees have been planted on the premises of NINSEC

A project to plant 10,000 trees nationwide has commenced at the Ningo Senior High School (NINSEC) at Ningo-Prampram in the Greater Accra Region.

An initiative of Memory Tree Initiative, an NGO committed to commemorative tree planting to combat global warming, the project is in partnership with the School on whose premises 1,000 acacia trees have been planted.

The 1,000 trees are to protecting the School’s vast unused land, and by extension, instill in the students, the habit of afforestation and the importance of trees to humans.

Initiator and National Coordinator of Memory Tree Initiative, Nana Yaw Osei-Darkwa, said apart from the medicinal and economic values of trees, they protect the environment, hence the need for the younger generation to be encouraged into tree planting.

He urged Ghanaians to desist from cutting trees since human existence depend on trees.

“Trees are very important for us as human beings. It turns carbon dioxide to oxygen for us to breath, have medicinal values and at the same time have economic values and yet people turn to cut down without replanting, so I entreat every one of us to take the future into our own hands and make our environment very conducive to live in” he said.

Mr Osei-Darkwa said his outfit has taken up the mandate to plant trees due to the years of deforestation that has engulfed the nation, noting this has led to barren lands that has contributed to the loss of agricultural values.

He said the first 1, 000 trees were sponsored by the planting partners of Memory Tree Initiative’; One Tree Planted, whom he hoped would support the 10,000 trees programme as well.

The Headmaster of Ningo Senior High School, Mr Edmund Botchway, welcomed the project, saying the trees which are being planted are going to serve as a place for relaxation for both students and teachers.

He said as an agrarian, it was his expectation the initiative would to be taken to other schools nationwide to help students know the importance of planting trees to replace felled ones.

According to the United Nations, despite forests being essential to the balancing of the global ecosystem among others, decades of unsustainable use and management have destroyed, degraded and depleted enormous quantities of the planet’s natural forest.

It estimates that over 13 million hectares of forests continue to be lost each year, hence the need for investment into tree planting to be scaled up.

The world’s forests, according to the UN serves as home to 80 per cent of all land-based species of animals and plants.

Around 1.6 billion people depended on forests for their livelihoods.

This makes the protection and sustainable-management forests a priority of the global 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development.


60 students enrolled onto 2017 TIP

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For the second year in a row, Tigo is running its internship programme – Tigo Internship Programme (TIP), which empowers young students and graduates to develop their skills and introduce them to the professional environment.

TIP attracted over 600 applications from various tertiary schools including KNUST, University of Ghana, GIMPA, UPSA and the Pentecost University.

Sixty interns were selected after detailed review of their video resumé and one-on-one interviews.

They have since started work and have been assigned to various departments including Corporate Affairs, Tigo Business, Commercial, Mobile Financial Services, Engineering and Human Resources.

They were taken through a three-day orientation programme on Tigo’s mission, vision, and core values.

Welcoming them, the Human Resource Director for Tigo, Beryl Appiah-Hammond, urged them to make the most of the opportunity.

“Take advantage of this and learn from some of the best talents we have in this business and the industry. We are going to offer you the opportunity to have one-on-one sessions with some of the leaders in this business – ask questions, seek guidance and knowledge,” she emphasized.

An intern for Tigo Business, Hadassah Ango Bediako, was grateful for the opportunity and hoped to acquire business knowledge and career guidance from the TIP programme.

The 2017 Tigo Internship Programme will run for three months.



Adisco, Prempeh & Aquinas to battle for 2017 NSMQ title

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Adisadel College are the defending champions

Adisadel College will seek to successfully defend their National Science and Maths quiz title on Thursday as they contest in the final.

It is the third successive final for the Santaclausians as they seek to equal the record of Presbyterian Boys’ Senior High School set in 2008, when they successfully defended their title.

The Presecans, however, hold the title of record champions, having won the title five times.

Adisadel College made it to the final after seeing off regional counterparts University Practice Senior High School and Ghana National College on Monday.

It is was a nail-biting semi-final contest for the defending champions as they won the contest by just one point, thanks to a correctly answered riddle by National.

Adisco’s dream of winning a second title can only be thwarted by Kumasi giants Prempeh College and 2014 champions St Thomas Aquinas SHS.

Prempeh College made it to the final after besting Central Region’s Mfantsipim School and Volta Region’s Mawuli School, who had ousted West Africa SHS in the quarter-final.

Aquinas clinched the last ticket to the final after seeing off regional rivals PRESEC-Legon and Kumasi High School.

The final is scheduled to take place at the National Theater in Accra.

By Emmanuel Kwame Amoh||Ghana


Mfantsipim School to cut student intake from September

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The School says it cannot take more than 600 fresh students from September

The Mfantsipim School in Cape Coast will from the next academic year cut the number of student intake, headmaster of the school, Malfred Barton-Oduro has announced.

He said the school will from September not take more than 600 fresh students, explaining the decision was taken in view of the current inadequate infrastructure to accommodate the student population.

The headmaster made this known at a ceremony to hand over a renovated infirmary to the school by the 2004-year group of Mfantsipim Old Boys Association (MOBA).

Mfantsipim School, established by early missionaries of the Methodist Church, is the oldest secondary school in the country and one of the best choice schools.

It begun with just 8 faithful students and now has over 1,600 student population.

Mr Barton-oduro told TV3 that the number of students would be reduced despite the government’s decision to roll out its flagship educational programme – Free Senior High School education

He said the School has informed authorities including the Ghana Education Service about the decision.

Meanwhile improving the infrastructure in the school, the 2004-year group of the have renovated the school’s infirmary which served the students and staff of the school. The infirmary was in a very deplorable state.

It now boasts of new 26-bed, consulting rooms, a clinic manager’s room, a dispensary, and washrooms.

The group also presented some blood pressure apparatus, digital weighing scales and digital thermometers to the school.

Samuel Menyah Asah-Kissiedu who led the group leader said the renovated infirmary will improve the healthcare delivery and ensure quality that the school is known for.

The school presented a citation to the MOBA 2004 group in appreciation to their gesture.

By Thomas Cann||Ghana

Gov’t strives for quality not quantity free SHS – Minister

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A Deputy Education Minister, Dr. Yaw Osei Adutwum, has said that the free Senior High School policy, which would soon be rolled out by government, is not to readily offer access into senior high school but also to offer quality education to students.

He made the statement during 65th Speech and Prize Giving Day of St. Louis Senior High School in Kumasi.

The programme was under the theme: ‘Equipping the Girl Child for Tomorrow’s Leadership, Giving Back to the Society’.

Dr. Osei Adutwum reminded the gathering that government would roll out the free SHS as planned, saying it will be hinged on quality and not quantity.

“The free Senior High School is coming and will be implemented in September,” he said.

“We are determined to ensure that quality will not be sacrificed. As this policy is rolled [out], the Ministry is in partnership with many donors to improve performance.”

Girl child education

Wife of the Asantehene Otumfuo Osei Tutu II Lady Julia underscored the need for girl child education to be prioritised.

She paid tribute to the 2016 class that excelled during the WASSCE.

Lady Julia said women play pivotal role in the country’s development as “every nation’s greatest asset is its people and most importantly women.”

She bemoaned many girls are deprived of education partly due to poverty and archaic cultural practices.

Integrating entrepreneurship to free SHS

A renowned specialist obstetrician gynaecologist and a public interest advocate, Dr Ernest Kwadwo Puni Kwarko, advised that entrepreneurship be integrated into the free Senior High School policy, stressing “it is important for the child to be mentally skilled at the reformative period”.

“This will make him or her dependent after university. That’s why I suggest that basic entrepreneurship should be included in the school curricula,” he said.

By William Evans Nkum||Ghana

NSMQ 2017: WASS misses semi-final slot to Mawuli School

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WASS exited at the semi-final stage last year

West Africa Senior High School missed an opportunity to make a second successive appearance in the semi-final of the ongoing National Science and Maths quiz after placing second to Mawuli SHS in Friday’s second quarter-final contest.

The Mawulians amassed 56 points to book a place in the semi-final at the expense of WASS (38 points) and Holy Child SHS (21 points).

The Volta Region side jumped into the lead at the end of the first round and they never let hold of their lead.

Mawuli’s representatives gallantly qualified to the semi-finals

Holy Child also missed the semi-final slot

Represented by Ahianou Mathias Kwame and Amoah-Mensah Raphael, Mawuli School finished each round as leaders to make it to the penultimate round.

WASS had made it after seeing off Sunyani SHS and Bueman SHS at the one-eighth stage.

Earlier on, Prempeh College qualified to the semi-final round after beating GSTS and Aduman SHS.

They join Ghana National College, University Practice SHS and Adisadel College as the quarter-finalists so far.

By Emmanuel Kwame Amoh||Ghana

Supreme Court’s ruling on school of law will cause more harm than good – SRC

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The Ghana School of Law

The Student Representative Council (SRC) of Ghana School of Law has expressed shock over the Supreme Court’s judgement describing the entrance examinations and interviews into the school as unconstitutional.

The president of the SRC, Mr. Samuel Gyamfi, indicated in an interview with 3FM News that the student body appreciates  the decision but have greater concerns for the effects of the ruling.

The Supreme Court on 22nd June 2017 ruled that the General Legal Council’s imposition of an entrance examination and interview as a requirement for the Professional Law Course violates Articles 11(7), 297(d), 23, 296(a) and 296(b) of the 1992 constitution.

The Court also affirmed that LLB degree holders from council approved universities automatically qualify for admission to pursue Professional Law Course at Ghana School of Law or other alternative places of instructions specified by the Council.

But  Mr. Samuel Gyamfi said currently there are over eleven institutions offering LLB, and if these institutions admit more than what Ghana School of Law can admit, then there  will be  more serious complications  on the school.

Mr. Gyamfi  therefore calls for a deeper look into the effects of the decision on the institution which he believes will create more harm than good.

By Comfort Ahenkorah || Ghana

Supreme Court should retry case on GSL admission procedure – Fmr Director

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The Ghana School of Law

A former Director of the Ghana School of Law, Ansah Asare, is pushing for a retrial of  the Supreme Court’s judgment on writing of ‘entrance exams’ at the Ghana School of Law.

The Supreme Court on Thursday, June 22, 2017, ruled that the writing of entrance exams and the subsequent interviewing as pre-qualification into the Ghana School of Law be abolished from 2018.

However, speaking in an interview with Alfred Ocansey, on TV3’s News 360, Mr. Ansah Asare said he is surprised the Supreme Court would let something they say it’s unconstitutional to be continued till its cancelation in 2018.

“I’m somehow surprised, you know, at the unanimous decision of the Supreme Court that something is unconstitutional … if it’s unconstitutional, it’s unconstitutional. You know, the Supreme Court should have immediately made a definitive pronouncement that with immediate effect the examinations have been scrapped.

“That [the ruling], in itself, is unconstitutional. It (the case) must go back to court,” he said.

Mr. Ansah Asare indicated that the practice of writing the entrance examinations and the interviewing process has been in place because the system needed a litigant to test the law.

“This has persisted, primarily, because the system needed a litigant to take the matter to court and it found in Prof. Asare the litigant.”

The US-based Ghanaian professor, Stephen Kweku Asare, in 2015, filed a suit at Ghana’s Supreme Court asking for nullification of the use of interviewing and entrance examination as the basis of admission into the Ghana School of Law, and the court sided with him on Thursday.

By Solomon Mensah|3FM||Ghana

Supreme Court rules against Ghana School of Law’s admission procedure

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The Ghana School of Law

The Supreme Court has described as unconstitutional the admission procedure used by the Ghana School of Law.

The procedure requires applicants to take an entrance exam, and subsequently interviewed before gaining admission. According to the court the requirement is contrary to L.I. 1296.

Ruling on the case on Thursday, June 22, 2017, Justice Gbadegbe ordered that the General Legal Council uses appropriate means to pass the required regulation for whatever admission process they [GLC] intend to use.

However, the court directed that the ongoing admission process for the 2017/2018 academic year should not affect by its ruling but the General Legal Council is to commence implementation of the ruling within 6 months.

The court further recommended a quota system to be put in place for accredited institutions across the country.


In October 2015, a US-based Ghanaian professor, Professor Stephen Kweku Asare filed a suit a the Supreme Court to nullify the use of interviewing and entrance examination as the basis of admission into the Ghana School of Law to pursue the professional law course.

In his suit, he claimed that the way and manner in which the Ghana School of Law conducts its entrance exams and interviews for students as well as the ceiling on the number of admitted students is grossly unfair and overrides national interest.

By Denis P. Wedam |

Ghanaian, 27, pleads guilty to threatening to bomb Massachusetts Univ

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Abdul F. Ismail (m) of Hadley who is charged with making bomb threats at UMass appears for a dangerousness hearing in Eastern Hampshire District Court on Tuesday. (Dave Roback/The Republican).

A Ghana native who was arrested in April after telling his date that he was a terrorist and would blow up her University of Massachusetts dormitory pleaded guilty on Monday to a single charge of threatening to commit a crime.

Abdul F. Ismail entered the plea in Eastern Hampshire Court, admitting to his role in the April 11 incident. He avoided any jail time as Judge Thomas Estes placed his conviction “on file” for the next 12 months, meaning no sentence will be imposed if he stays out of trouble over that time.

However, Ismail was taken into custody by United State Immigration and Customs Enforcement shortly after the end of the court proceedings, according to Mary Carey, communications director for Northwestern District Attorney David Sullivan.

Ismail, 27, has been in the United States since 2013. He came here from Ghana to seek asylum. His lawyer told the court that prior to his arrest, Ismail was due to have an immigration hearing about being granted permanent resident status next March .

He was arrested after a woman that he had been briefly been dating reported him to police after their second date. The two had met through the online dating application Tender.

The woman, a UMass student, told police that he came to her dorm room in Butterfield Hall, and asked her to print out a document on the recent bombings in Syria.

When the woman said she was uncomfortable doing so, he reportedly said “I’m a terrorist” and that he planned to blow up the dorm.

His lawyer, Alan Rubin, told the court that Ismail was only joking, and that there was no evidence that he intended to carry out the crime.

UMass police testified that the comment troubled the woman enough to where she ended their date, escorted him from the building, and then called police.

She was also so shaken the university had to find new accommodations for her because she refused to stay in her dorm room.