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Schools in Kumasi to close down Thursday for Asantehemaa’s burial

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SCHOOLSAll schools within the Kumasi metropolis in the Ashanti Region are to be closed down on Thursday, January 19, the Ghana Education Service has directed.

The decision, contained in a statement, forms is part of measures put in place to ensure smooth funeral rites of the late Asantehemaa, Nana Afia SerwaaKobiAmpem II who will be buried on Thursday.

The 111-year-old Asantehemaa who reigned for 39 years, died on November 11, 2016. She was the 14 queenmother of the Asante Kingdom since 1695 after the late Nana Ama SerwaaNyarko II who reigned from 1945 to 1977.asantehemaaFuneral rites for the late Asantehemaa started on Monday, January 16 at the Manhyia Palace, the seat of the Asante Kingdom, where she has been laid in state for mourners across the world to pay their last respect.

READ: Five facts about the late Asantehemaa you didn’t know

She will be buried at Breman in Kumasi on Thursday.

Residents have since Monday been warned not to go out between the hours of 6:00pm and 3:00am until after January 20 when the curtain will be drawn on the funeral rites.

By Stephen Kwabena Effah|3news.com|Ghana

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YEL honours 90 more students for awards

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In keeping with its commitment to empower the youth of this country through education, the Youth Excellence League (YEL) has identified and honoured 90 more students from 17 selected schools comprising senior high, junior high and technical/vocational schools.

These students were selected from the Ashanti, Western, Brong Ahafo and the Northern regions of Ghana.

YEL aims at extending its coverage to the rest of the country. The selection of talents began with the southern sector of the country.

The selection of these talents was done by the management and heads of the schools using three main means: students that were brilliant but needy, students that exhibited leadership potential and proactiveness on the part of the talents/students.

The YEL project is an initiative of The BEIGE Foundation and it seeks to recognise and honour exceptional youth talents, particularly in the areas of academia: basic, secondary and tertiary levels of education.

At the launch of YEL last year, Mike Nyinaku, the Chief Executive Officer of The BEIGE Group, committed an amount of GH¢2million to support YEL for the year 2017.

Beneficiaries, apart from receiving financial rewards, will be trained and honed as part of a skills development programme run by BEIGE Academy, the talent development arm of The BEIGE Group.

Commenting on the rationale for this exercise, the Programmes Officer for the BEIGE Foundation, Anne-Marie Blackmore, said “the BEIGE Foundation through YEL, seeks to recognise and award exceptional youth talents. Again, this gesture is to train, support and promote youth excellence in the country. Our agenda is to identify and support one thousand (1000) students by the end of 2017”

She added: “It is our belief that persons who perform remarkably in academics or whose overall achievements are outstanding are worthy of celebration. It is for this reason that the project awards their excellence.”

Among the schools from which the students were selected are: Prempeh College, St. Louis, Opoku Ware, Ghana-China Friendship School, Sekondi College, Takoradi Technical University, Techiman Senior High School, Bole Methodist Senior High School, Mpohor S.D.A Basic School, St. Dominic R/C Basic School.

Source: 3news.com|Ghana

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Prioritise education on child trafficking in basic schools – Lecturer urges

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A Senior Lecturer at the University of Education Winneba (UEW), Mr Kweku Esia Donkor is calling on teachers at the basic level to intensify education on child trafficking to equip children to report instances of the menace.

Over 36 million people are trapped in modern slavery globally with about 190,000 victims in Ghana, according to the Global Slavery Index 2015.

Child trafficking is a major child right violation in Africa.

In Ghana approximately 50,000 children are believed to be working on Lake Volta with about 20,000 of them being exposed to direct danger, according to the International Labor Organization.

Children between the ages of 4 and 17 are transported from one place to another against their will to engage in forced labour, sexual exploitation, and organ trade among others.

Meanwhile, poverty and ignorance continue to increase cases of child trafficking in its modern forms like domestic servitude, leading to loss of human capital, permanent disabilities and in some cases premature death.

In response, the government of Ghana has instituted ministries, acts and policies like the Child and Welfare Policy 2014 but allocation of funds to implement them has been low.

But the senior lecturer and departmental head of Basic Education at UEW wants the Ghana Education Service to come up with concrete policies to ensure that children are always educated on the dangers of child trafficking in school.

“We need to have a lot of education on that at the basic level, it is our duty! Child trafficking goes beyond the fishing communities, it includes children serving in farms and quarrying sites,” Mr Kweku Esia Donkor said.

He added that the canker affects the education of the victims, which is a right and urged teachers “to empower them (pupils) so that they could even report to opinion leaders.”

Mr. Donkor acknowledged that designing an educational curriculum often go in hand with politics.

“In curriculum design and implementation, one can never take away politics, but this is an issue I guess we need to have a forum where various views will be sought and a consensus will be reached,” he noted.

By Spencer Kwabena Boateng Mensah |3news.com

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US group to help train caregivers of children with intellectual disabilities

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HavenA delegation of professors and students from the United States has arrived in Ghana to train parents, teachers and caregivers on how effectively take care of children with intellectual disabilities.

The delegation from The College of New Jersey, (TCNJ) USA is expected to conduct assessments on children intellectual disabilities including Autism, in order to design the appropriate training.

The trip by the group forms part of a study abroad programme aimed at broadening the worldview of the members on their chosen fields of study. Haven3The training programme, coordinated by the Beyond Aid Project in partnership with Haven International Centre for Special Education,  is to empower teachers and parents and share knowledge on best practices.

Robert Kumapley, a co-founder of  Haven International indicated  the objective  is not just to  empower  the teachers in developing new skills, but to also to help raise awareness  on  autism and other conditions .

“It is also to equip parents with needed skills to actively participate in the implementation of recommended therapies outside the classroom environment,” he said.

The facilitator of the training sessions, Professor Jerry G. Petroff,  a Language and Communication Specialist from New Jersey, expressed how excited he is to help children  with special needs in Ghana.

He said the best way to assist such children is to identify developmental delays and conditions at early stages.  This, he said, will help in identifying the needed environment for the children.

Fathers are encouraged not to leave the upbringing of children with special needs in the hands of just the mothers, he said.Haven1Some participants, especially parents who have benefited from the training were grateful to the organizers for the opportunity given them to learn more about their children’s conditions.

Another group led by Prof Michele Naples from the School of Business at TCNJ visited Enablis Ghana, the African Women’s Development Fund, and the Gender Desk of the Trade Union to interact with them and learn about women’s rights in the workplace.

Whilst here, they are providing technical support to The Beyond Aid Project, a Social Enterprise on strategies to enhance the visibility of the work they do. They also provided suggestions on product lines that will do well in the US.

Haven International promotes the interest of people with autism and other intellectual disabilities in Ghana. Haven provides a one stop shop support to children and parents who need information on autism and other intellectual disabilities.

By 3news.com|Ghana

Teachers in Brong Ahafo and Upper East regions scored the lowest in absenteeism

Teacher trainees’ allowance restoration hailed

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The Colleges of Education Teachers Association of Ghana (CETAG) has underscored the harsh situations teacher trainees in the country went through when their allowances were cancelled.

CETAG says when the allowances were cancelled, students had no money to pay their fees, buy books and go for teaching practice but with the restoration of the allowances, teacher trainees will be better off.

The teacher trainee allowances were cancelled by the Mahama-led administration which raised serious confrontations between the teacher trainees and government.

But after the assumption of office by the New Patriotic Party (NPP), the president has promised to restore the allowance in March 2017.

Commenting on the issue on Onua FM’s Yen Sempa on Monday, the National Secretary of the Colleges of Education Teachers Association of Ghana, Prince Obeng Hema explained that teacher trainees are supposed to attend school for five days but due to the cancellation of the allowance, most of them are compelled to attend school twice a week.

He said students absent themselves to enable them fend for themselves and that has affected teacher trainee education tremendously.

Mr. Obeng Hema praised the government and called on it to also look at the plight of the teachers in the country.

He said while the students have a peace of mind to study, teachers must also have a peace of mind to teach the students “because when they are happy we are happy too and when they are sad, we are also sad”.

By Kweku Antwi-Otoo|Onua 95.1FM|3news.com|Ghana

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POTAG assures government of good working relationship

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The Teachers of the Technical Universities and Polytechnics (POTAG) has congratulated President Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo on his assumption of office as the Fifth President of the Fourth Republic.

The Association also congratulated Dr Mathew Opoku Prempeh, Minister of Education Designate and assured of good working relationship with the government.

Addressing a press conference in Ho on Friday, the Association appealed to the government to continue with the process of converting the two remaining Polytechnics in Wa and Bolgatanga to Technical Universities as promised during his campaign.

They also appealed to the President to address challenges associated with the transition process of the conversion of the Technical Universities.

The Association called for a team to be put together as a matter of urgency to deal with challenges concerning their conditions of service as teachers of Technical Universities.

They appealed for the timely payment of their Book and Research Allowances for the 2016/2017 academic year, as well as the release of their “Tier 2” “Pension contributions to their Trustee.

Source: 3news.com| Ghana

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Maintain three-year SHS duration – Coalition appeals

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SHS feesThe Ghana National Education Campaign Coalition (GNECC) has appealed to Dr Matthew Opoku Prempeh, the Education Minister-designate, to maintain the three-year tenure of Senior High School (SHS) education.

Mr Bright Appiah, GNECC Chairman, speaking to the Ghana News Agency, on Thursday, in Accra, said the three-year duration was in line with the Anamoah-Mensah Committee’s report and every form of review to be undertaken must reflect that Committee’s recommendations.

The Anamuah-Mensah Committee, which was set up to review the nation’s educational system, in 2003, recommended a new educational system consisting of two years of kindergarten, six years of primary, three years of junior high school and three years of SHS.

However, the Kufuor Administration in 2007, added another year to the duration of SHS.

This was, however, reversed to three years by the Atta Mills Administration in 2009.

Mr Appiah congratulated Dr Opoku Prempeh, who is also the Member of Parliament for Manhyia, on his nomination as Education Minister by President Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo.

He said the nomination of Ministers was the preserve of the President and the Coalition believed that Dr Opoku Prempeh had what it took to deliver on his mandate.

He, therefore, appealed to the Minister-designate to ensure the Government delivered on its manifesto promises on education to the letter.

He urged Dr Opoku Prempeh to follow the strategic national educational policy of the Ministry, and to also ensure that the educational standard of the nation was raised to a higher level.

Mr Appiah said, there was the need for the Government to ensure that the national educational policy would also reflect the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) on Education.

Goal Four calls on all countries to ensure inclusive and quality education for all and promote lifelong learning.

Mr Appiah said obtaining quality education was the foundation to improving people’s lives and sustainable development.

The Coalition, he said, would continue to support the Government in its quest to provide better education for all.

The GNECC is a network of civil society organisations, professional groupings, educational/research institutions and other practitioners interested in promoting quality basic education for all.

Formed in 1999, the Coalition has steadily grown over the years with a current membership of about 200 organisations.

Its philosophy is premised on the fact that education is a fundamental human right and key to breaking the cycle of poverty.

Source GNA

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NPP executives sack school feeding caterers in North Dayi

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school-feeding-caterersExecutives of the New Patriotic Party in the North Dayi constituency of the Volta Region have ‘terminated’ the appointments of caterers under the Ghana School Feeding Programme in the area effective January 10.

A letter dated January 9, 2017 and signed by the party’s constituency organiser, Emmanuel Amefianuame, directed the North Dayi District Director of Education to inform all the caterers under the programme to cease cooking for the pupils in the various basic schools.

“This is to enable the government re-organise the programme in order ensure and greater efficiency in its administration,” letter which was copied to heads of 16 basic schools in the constituency explained.

It asked the caterers who may still be interested to re-apply for consideration.

It is not clear what arrangements have or are being put in place to provide food the pupils during the period of the reorganisation exercise.feeding-programmeWhen contacted by 3News,  Mr Amefianuame could not provide any authority based on which it issued the letter purporting to terminate the appointment of the caterers in the constituency, except to say “we are the government”

He claimed there have been “some allegations against the caters” but could not say what those allegations are.

Justification

The constituency chairman of the party, Kudjoh Attah, confirmed the decision by the executives but said it was taken while he was out of the jurisdiction, adding he has since taken steps to ensure that the proper thing is done.

He, however, justified the decision to dismiss the current caterers under the programme, claiming those who were legitimately in charge were chased out some National Democratic Congress members in 2008 by “unorthodox means”.

“We are reacting with flexibility. You’ve sacked us. This is what was legally given to us and now the table has turned, we are saying please leave it for us to continue what we were doing,” he told 3News.

Meanwhile, he said he met with the District Chief Executive on Tuesday at which meeting the decision of sacking the current caterers was communicated, adding the DCE was lauded them for resorting to attacks to sack the caterers.

According to Mr Attah, he reached an agreement with DCE that the current caterers be allowed to cook for the schools until the end of this week, when they are required to cease.

“We don’t want altercation. We don’t want confusion. We don’t want quarrel… I will ensure that the proper thing is done,” he assured, adding there is no cause for alarm.”

He assured that there will be a smooth transition from the current caterers to the previous ones, indicating there will not be a single day that the pupils will not be given food in the course of the transition.

Asked why the caterers who were sacked in 2008 did not take up the matter in court if they felt aggrieved, Mr Attah said although the matter was taken to court, it has since not reach finality due to consistent adjournments.

By Stephen Kwabena Effah|3news.com|Ghana

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Basic schools re-open

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Basic schools across the nation re-opened on Tuesday after a relatively long vacation.

Some schools had proceeded on vacation for the December 7 elections while others went on break during the period but returned to break proper for the Christmas festivities.

On Monday, most pupils were seen tidying up their classrooms in time for re-open.

Most of them were in classrooms on Tuesday for the start of the second term of the 2016/2017 academic year.

Senior high schools were scheduled to reopen January 5.

However, most of them have scheduled to reopen on January 15 just like most tertiary institutions.

Source: 3news.com|Ghana

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Govt starts payment to GETFund contractors

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Contractors owed by the Ghana Education Trust Fund (GETFund) started receiving payment today January 6.

2017 started with some contractors working on GETFund projects picketing at the Ministry of Finance to demand monies owed them. It is to the tune of over GHc 300 million spanning a period of six months.

This also incited the Association of Building and Civil Engineering Contractors in the Volta Region to threaten to block access roads and facilities they have constructed today if they are not paid monies owed them.

But speaking to 3FM business, Deputy Director of GETFund, Stephen Baffoe, says the Fund has started disbursing an initial 110 million Ghana cedis received from the Ministry of Finance.

“The funds delayed from the ministry, but we have started paying them. Those contractors whose cheques were written in May and June have started receiving their funds”, he emphasized.

He has assured contractors that they will continue paying, as a change in government will not affect their contracts.

“I think what has brought us to this state is that people are apprehensive. We assure them to be calm. The system continues and a change in government will not affect their contracts. We have a contract and they will be paid”, he assured.

By Grace Asare |3FM|3news.com