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Wesley Girls ’86 commissions solar-powered water project for alma

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The 1986 year group of the Wesley Girls High School in Cape Coast has handed over a GH¢180,000 solar-powered water project to the school.

The project was part of a gesture to mark the group’s 30 years after leaving school.

It is aimed at weaning the school off Ghana Water Company and cut its expenditure on water utility.

The project also attracted funding support from some organizations and other old girls not part of the 1986 group.

Four mechanized boreholes were drilled to be solar powered to supply water.

Three older boreholes were re-drilled as part of the project.

Bishop of the Cape Coast Diocese of the Methodist Church Right Rev. Ebenezer Abakah Wilson, inaugurating the project, commended the group for their benevolence and contribution to the development of the school.

Aside the project, the 1986 year group organized a mentoring programme for students on career choices and how to be marketable for jobs after school, as part of activities to commemorate the school’s 180th anniversary.

The group also organized a health outreach programme at Kakumdo, a community where the school is located and screened and treated hundreds of residents.

According to Judith Adjobah, President of the 1986 year group, members were honoured to give back to the school that nurtured them and prepared them for life.

The 180th anniversary and 30 years after school was graced by a great number of old girls of the school.

By Thomas Vincent Cann|3news.com|Ghana

Statement: Gov’t should stay away from Heritage Fund – ACEP

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The Africa Centre for Energy Policy (ACEP) has noted the desire of Government to use oil revenues to finance campaign promise of free Senior High School (SHS) education. ACEP has been campaigning for the use oil revenue to finance the pro-poor sectors of education and agriculture for four years.

Therefore, we cannot, in principle, be against the use of oil revenue to finance education. However, we want to alert government that the petroleum revenues are governed by the Petroleum Revenue Management Act, Act 815, which was passed after deep consultation with citizens. In spite of many implementation challenges, the PRMA has been a model for many countries and Ghana can only do better at improving on transparency and accountability around the use of the oil revenues. Much as we support the use of oil revenue for financing education, we want government to recognize the significance of the heritage fund and not touch it.

ACEP therefore states its position on the use of oil revenue to finance the free SHS as follows;

  1. Heritage Fund Still Relevant– the principle of intergenerational equity which informed the establishment of the fund ensure that ownership of the resources is shared among the living and the yet unborn. It also ensures sustenance of revenue flow after the oil has been exhausted. It is easier to assume that those of us living today can invest the heritage fund to benefit the future generation. This assumption is overly simplistic and takes away the right of the future generation to decide on their own priorities. The heritage fund represents about 9% of Benchmark Revenue (BR), leaving 91% of the BR for the national budget. This conservative amount left for the future should not attract uncontrolled appetite to spend. For the past 6 years the total payments made into the fund plus interest is $277 million. This is not enough to fund only about 3 years of the cost items to be waived by government estimated to be about GHS327million, holding the 2015 enrolment constant. With anticipated growth in enrolment occasioned by the programme, the heritage fund could be woefully inadequate to sustain the free SHS programme.
  2. Use the Annual Budget Funding Amount (ABFA)- the credible window for financing the free SHS policy from oil revenues will be through the ABFA. It must however be highlighted that the current architecture of the PRMA allows for only 30% of the ABFA for recurrent expenditure. Given that most of the cost items for the implementation of the Free SHS are recurrent expenditures, government will have to amend the law to be able to spend more that 30% of the ABFA

 ACEP will want to recommend that;

  1. Government should continue to grow the Heritage Fund. The purpose of establishing the fund is still valid today and we should not deny the future generation an opportunity to decide what they do with their share of the resources as was done by past leader with mineral revenues.
  2. The PRMA should be amended to allow 50% of the ABFA to support the Free SHS programme. This will be a more equitable way of distributing the resources than financing “ghost project” through thin distribution of oil revenues.
  3. Reduce allocation to GNPC- Government should take steps to streamline the operations of GNPC to focus on its core mandate and redirect some of its allocation into the budget to finance education.
  4. Use part of Solid Mineral Revenue to support the Free SHS- this is an opportunity for government to introduce governance framework similar to the PRMA on mineral revenues and allocate portion of mineral revenues to education.
  5. Government should recognize that the capital budget of the education sector has been lower than 6% of the total sector budget in recent past, therefore, education sector financing should equally be big on improving the asset base of the sector.

Signed

Benjamin Boakye

Deputy Executive Director

 

Education Minister should be sacked if… – Teachers fight NAPO

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Matthew Opoku Prempeh

Teacher unions have protested against threat by the Education Minister; Dr. Matthew Opoku Prempeh that basic and second cycle school heads who record 90 percent failure in their schools final exams will be sacked.

The unions accused the minister of failing to identify problems that confronts the educational sector before making that pronouncement.

The Education Minister while addressing heads of senior high schools (SHS) in Kumasi as part of a two-day familiarization visit to the Ashanti Region emphasized that any school head who superintends over a failure of over 90% cannot be allowed to stay in office.

Reacting to the issue on Onua FM’s Yen Nsempa hosted by Bright Asempa on Thursday, the General Secretary, Ghana National Association of Teachers (GNAT), David Ofori Acheampong said “it is not right to blame teachers”.

He asserted, “We should blame the government for this because go to schools in Accra and find out, only KGs have printed syllabus. The rest are on pen drive and teachers will be called to come for it and print them.”

He said “the logistics are not there so if they will sack teachers, then the minister himself will be sacked because it will mean all those in the chain of command did not do their work well and that is not the way to go”.

“If we want to find the way to solve it, that is not the way to go and we shall not wait for such thing to happen. The previous government did the same. They never saw anything good in teachers and that is not the way to go”, he lamented.

David Acheampong said “this will not happen in the country and we are ready for them”.

The President of the National Association of Graduate Teachers (NAGRAT), Christian Addai Poku also remarked, “I am surprised about the comment and it is really unfortunate”.

“On what bases did he said 90%. How about the teachers, workers and the people who are going to work?” he queried.

He said “we need to motivate them and not threaten them. You don’t just conclude that because the children failed, the headmaster is the cause”.

Mr. Addai Poku explained that “if you duel on the headmasters alone, it does not make sense. If that is his agenda, then we have a problem. If he is going to use threat to achieve his goals, then there is a problem”.

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

Nana Awere Damoah launches latest book Feb 25

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Nana Awere Damoah has six books to his credit so far

Award-winning author and engineer Nana Awere Damoah adds yet another exciting volume to his impressive list of books.

Colloquially entitled Nsempiisms, his latest book will be launched on February 25, 2017 at Jamrock, a restaurant on Jungle Street, East Legon.

Nsempiisms, which is his sixth book, is made up of a rich mix of social satire on the Ghanaian situation and value-laden anecdotes that inspires the human spirit.

The title is an Akan term which loosely means ‘matters of public concern’. Nsempiisms is already available as an e-book and in hardcopy on Amazon, iBooks, Azaliabooks and other online platforms.

The event is expected to draw audience from the literary circles as well as influential members of Ghanaian society.

Damoah is listed as one of the top ten exceptional non-fiction writers from Ghana by Gird Center.

“I envy the mind of Nana Awere Damoah. Nsempiisms is deep, insightful and piercing, yet Damoah’s writing flows with breezy simplicity,” observed TV show host Kwaku Sintim-Misa.

Since he came out with his first book in 2008, Nana Awere Damoah has consistently engaged his audience both in Ghana and abroad on the questions of self-improvement and patriotism.

In partnership with his compatriot Kofi Akpabli, he has also pursued a national reading campaign dubbed DAkpabli Readathon which features entertaining public book readings.

Damoah started serious writing when, in 1997, he won first prize in the Step Magazine National Writing Competition.

He is the author of five other books: Sebitically Speaking, I Speak of Ghana, Tales from Different Tails, Through the Gates of Thought, and Excursions in my Mind.

He holds a Master’s degree in Chemical Engineering from the University of Nottingham and a Bachelor’s in Chemical Engineering from the Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology (KNUST). Additionally, he is wrapping up a Postgraduate Diploma in Operations and Supply Chain Management with the University of Liverpool. A British Council Chevening alumnus, Nana works in Nigeria as a Technical Manager. Nana Awere Damoah is married with three children. He divides his time between Lagos and Tema.

In this new book, Nana Awere Damoah brings to his readers another thought provoking collection.

The event starts at 6:00 pm. There will be music and poetry recitals. Admission is free.

Source: 3news.com|Ghana

Prez Akufo-Addo wants free cocoa drinks served as part of free SHS

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President Akufo-Addo announced that his Free SHS policy will begin in September, 2017

President Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo wants Ghanaian students from basic to the senior high schools to be served with cocoa drinks each morning, the Acting CEO of Cocobod has said.

This is to allow the students to enjoy the benefits of Ghana’s cocoa products, he added.

Joseph Boahene Aidoo made this known on Tuesday, February 14 in an interview with 3news.com’s Yvonne Neequaye as part of Chocolate Day celebrations.

“We are putting in place measures to periodically serve our school children with chocolate and cocoa products,” he said in Twi.

He listed the many benefits that cocoa products provide, saying one does not get easily tired by drinking cocoa.

Even if one is tired, he explained, one easily gets replenished after drinking cocoa.

He said women in their period will find drinking cocoa most beneficial as it boosts blood transfusion.

These hitherto unknown benefits will be popularized from hence, the former Western Region Minister said.

He said local consumption of Ghana’s cocoa products will be promoted given the high costs on the international market.

Source: 3news.com|Ghana

President of Groupe Ideal officially hands over six unit classroom block to ADA SHS

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President of Groupe Ideal, Dr. Nii Kotei Dzani has handed over an ultramodern six-unit classroom block to the authorities of Ada Senior High School in the Greater Accra Region.

The structure built by Groupe Ideal was commissioned by former President John Dramani Mahama last year. The six-unit classroom block with two staff common rooms and Nine (9) toilet facilities, is expected to house over 20% of the student population.

Speaking the handing over a ceremony, Dr. Nii Kotei Dzani, an old student of the school, stressed “education is the way of improving living standards and reducing poverty in any country.”

“We are therefore providing both the students and teachers with a conducive learning environment so they can concentrate on their studies,” he added.

He further challenged “individuals and corporate organizations to complement the efforts of government to bring development to the people.” He reiterated, the purpose of the edifice is to provide quality teaching and learning in the school.

He charged the students to study hard to lift the name of the school in high esteem and also advised authorities to take good care of the building and ensure proper maintenance of the edifice.

“I want to see ADA SHS as one senior secondary every young chap would want to attend,” Dzani noted, promising to do more for the school and the community at large in the coming years.

Management of the school thanked Groupe Ideal for the kind gesture.

Groupe Ideal has contributed a lot to communities through their corporate social responsibility initiatives and ADA SHS is one of such.

By Jerry Tsatro Mordy |Onua 95.1|3news.com

UAE Veep builds 2nd SHS in Ghana

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Hassan Mustapha is the headmaster of Al-Maktum SHS

The Vice President of the United Arab Emirates, Sheikh Mohammed Bin Obaid, says the best legacy worth bequeathing to a child is education.

He said through that the child can determine his full potential and future of his or her life.

The Vice President therefore challenged parents to invest in the education of their children irrespective of financial costs.

He said this at the inauguration of Al-Maktum Senior High School, which he built for the people of Yendi in the Northern Region.

This is the second senior high school he has built in the Northern Region, the other one in Tamale.

The Vice President entreated parents to make use of education as a tool to alleviate poverty in country.

The school, which is science based, is equipped with 20 computers for ICT program, Home Science, Physics, Biology and Chemistry laboratories.

The Regent of Dagbon Traditional Area, Kampokuya Naa Andani Yakubu Abdulai, has advised management of schools to discuss the code of discipline of their respective institutions with students to ensure that they adhere to them.

He said it is incumbent upon management of the school especially the headmaster and its staff to carefully go through these regulations with their students during orientation services and other available space within the curriculum.

The Regent, who is the acting overlord of Dagbon, added that it was through frequent reminders that students will get to know and understand the regulations better and therefore comport themselves.

His speech, which was read on his behalf by Wali Lana Abdulai Sulemana, also called for effective supervision by school management and also advised parents to visit their wards in schools to access their performances and not to literary dump them in the schools.

He said lack of interactions between school administrators and the students lead to some indiscipline which does not augur well for the development of education in some parts of the county.

The Regional Director of Education, Alhaji Mohammed Haruna Cambodia, appealed to the Vice President to consider establishing Islamic University in the Northern Region, adding that Arabic Language and Islamic Studies will now be examinable subjects as from next academic year by the West African Examinations Council (WAEC).

He said only Islamic College of Wenchi is the only accredited institution in the country that offers Islamic and Arabic Language and stressed the need for one to be in the Northern Region.

The Director urged the school administration to register the school for a West African Examination Council for a registered number within three years to enable the school to become an examinable center.

The headmaster of the school, Hassan Mustapha, said the vision of the school is to become a centre of excellent in ICT and Arabic Language as well as the other disciplines.

By Zakaria Abdul-Kadiri|3news.com|Ghana

It’s preposterous to accuse us of political partisanship – UEW bites Afenyo-Markin

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Alex Afenyo-Markin

The University of Education, Winneba (UEW) has taken on the MP for Effutu, Alexander Afenyo-Markin for making what may be described as spurious allegations against the university.

According to the university, claims by the MP that the university has been acting against some political parties are preposterous.

“It is preposterous for the Hon. MP to accuse the University of political partisanship.  It has been a policy of Management to make the facility available to citizens for the organization of their programmes either as private individuals or as groups when applications are so submitted to that effect,” the university said in a press statement from the Registrar of UEW.

“The Hon. MP should supply any copy of an application made on behalf of any political party for use of the Liberation Square that the University Management refused to grant,” the statement dared him.

It also described as “far from the truth” allegation by Mr. Afenyo-Markin that the university sidelines the indigenes in the offer of employment.

“We have on our payroll records to prove otherwise.  Records at our Human Resource Division indicate that fifty point two percent (50.2%) of all Junior Staff in the employment of the University from January 2004 and December 2016 were indigenes from Winneba.  It is also on record that 33% of all employees in Winneba are indigenes of Effutu extraction living in Winneba.”

Find below the full statement by UEW

PRESS STATEMENT ISSUED BY THE UNIVERSITY OF EDUCATION, WINNEBA ON RECENT PRONOUNCEMENTS BY THE HON. MEMBER OF PARLIAMENT FOR EFFUTU.

The University of Education, Winneba has, in recent times been the subject of discussions in both the print and electronic media championed by the Hon. Member of Parliament for Effutu, Hon. Afenyo-Markin.

The Hon MP has accused the University of political partisanship, failure to recognize the local community in the affairs of the University including recruitments and award of contracts.  He ended his statements by calling for the removal of Principal Officers of the University from office and hand over the University administration to him for the attention of the Transition Team.

The University wishes to put the records straight because some members of the public would naturally take the issues raised by the Hon. MP serious even though some others might allow them through the window.

In the first place we wish to address the issue of recruitments.  The Hon. MP accused the University of not favouring the local people in recruiting people for such areas as cleaners, security personnel and other categories of the junior staff.  We have on our payroll records to prove otherwise.  Records at our Human Resource Division indicate that fifty point two percent (50.2%) of all Junior Staff in the employment of the University from January 2004 and December 2016 were indigenes from Winneba.  It is also on record that 33% of all employees in Winneba are indigenes of Effutu extraction living in Winneba.

These statistics explain that where vacancies exist the University is fully aware of its social responsibility to offer the place to the indigenes first before any other ethnic group is considered. It is therefore not true that the university sidelines the indigenes in the offer of employment.  The statement that the university management brings in their relations from afar to take up jobs meant for the indigenes is far from the truth.

On the award of contracts, the University was accused of giving out ten contracts to their relations without due process.  The Procurement Law is very explicit in the procedure for the award of contracts.  The tender and procurement records are there for verification by any investigator.  The University of Education, Winneba cannot deny contractors from Winneba who bid for works or supplies and qualify for such awards.

He went on further to accuse the Principal Officers on TV3 Newspaper Review program, of open partisanship in the affairs of the University.  He buttressed his point by saying that a particular political party was denied the use of a University facility at the Liberation Square whiles others were granted the use of same facility.

It is preposterous for the Hon. MP to accuse the University of political partisanship.  It has been a policy of Management to make the facility available to citizens for the organization of their programmes either as private individuals or as groups when applications are so submitted to that effect. The Hon. MP should supply any copy of an application made on behalf of any political party for use of the Liberation Square that the University Management refused to grant.  The University is an academic institution and not the extension of any political party and therefore concentrates on its core functions of training and producing the human resources (who belong to all people of political shades) for the country. We also deny the assertion that the Liberation Square has been turned into a funeral ground.

The Hon. MP has also accused the University Management, especially the Vice Chancellor and the Finance Officer, of not being properly appointed and should be removed from office. He directed that they should handover their duties to the Pro Vice Chancellor until a new Vice Chancellor is appointed. He contends that the Governing Council that appointed the Vice Chancellor had been a de facto Council because their tenure had expired in 2013.  Even though the Council’s tenure had expired, the University communicated same to the Presidency of the Republic of Ghana through the Ministry of Education and the National Council for Tertiary Education to either allow the same Council to continue or appoint a new one.  The Chief Director of the Ministry and the Executive Secretary of the NCTE can attest to the fact that the correspondences had been received to allow them to continue.  In any case this same de facto Council had appointed the said Pro Vice Chancellor to whom the Hon. MP had directed the VC to hand over the administration of the University. The same de facto Council had appointed Deans of Faculties and Principals of Colleges.  The same de facto Council had graduated students, some of them from Winneba, who successfully completed their four years of study in 2013, 2014, 2015 and 2016. Promotions to Senior Lecturers, Associate Professors and Professors during the period had also been done by the same de facto Council. If the Council was de facto all these appointments and graduations could be considered null and void.

We wish to inform all and sundry that the governance structure of the University of Education, Winneba and for that matter any university in Ghana and the world over is governed by an Act of Parliament, The University of Education, Winneba Act 2004, Act 672.  The Act by section 23 empowers Council to enact Statutes for the day-to-day running of the institution.

Section 1(2) of the University of Education, Winneba Act 2004, Act 672 states that:

“ 1(2) The University shall be a body corporate with perpetual succession, a common seal and may sue or be sued in its own name.”

The Act also spells out the terms of appointment of the Vice Chancellor (enunciated in Section 7 of the Statutes) and other principal officers of the university (as can be seen in Sections 13, 14, 15, 18 and 19 of the Statutes).

Appointments of the Vice Chancellor and the tenure of same are not by the fiat of any person except by law.  Removal of the Vice Chancellor or any Principal Officer is procedurally spelt out by the Statutes of the University.

Finally we wish to reiterate that the University exists to equip Ghanaians with tools to become assets to national development.  It is not guided by ethnocentricism or political orientation.  It is however minded by its social responsibility as available records will show.   The University considers its community partnership extremely important and is amenable to working together to ensure the entire development of the Constituency and District.

Thank you.

Registrar

By Isaac Essel |3news.com|Ghana

Contractor abandons Community Day SHS project; removes blocks from site

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The contractor working on the Kpalbe Community Day Senior High School in the Salaga North District of the Northern Region has removed his equipment from site and abandoned the project.

The contractor, Hatoum Construction, a Tamale-based firm was on Thursday February 9, 2017 seen by residents allegedly packing molded blocks meant for the construction of the school into a truck.

The Assemblyman for the Kpalbe Electoral Area, Anas Karim revealed to 3news.com that the project which commenced late 2016 has been abandoned at the foundation level by the contractor. He said the contractor claimed no mobilization fee was provided for the start of the project.

When contacted on phone, Project Manager whose name was given as Hassan confirmed the non-payment of funds but denied packing blocks and his equipment from the project site.

The Kpalbe Community Day Senior High School is among projects commenced by the past National Democratic Congress in the East Gonja District under the hugely touted Community Day School.

By Zubaida Ismail |3news.com|Ghana

Teachers development and conditions to be enhanced – Prez

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President Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo on Saturday reiterated government’s commitment of delivering quality education to Ghanaians by ensuring that teachers’ professional development and conditions of service were enhanced to enable the nation achieve that vision.

He said a well-trained, confident and contented teacher was at the heart of his government’s objective to deliver quality education and that the views of teachers would be sought on education policy, innovation and implementation.

“Their professional development and needs will be treated with respect and we shall ensure that teachers’ salaries and allowances are paid regularly and on time,” President Akufo-Addo said when he delivered a speech at the 60th Anniversary of Okuapeman Secondary School at Akropong in the Eastern region.

President Akufo-Addo said teacher trainee allowances, as already announced by the Vice President, would be restored in the first budget of his presidency, which was scheduled for next month.

Thus his administration would also focus on the provision of incentives that would motivate teachers and reward their hard work in the classroom.

President Akufo-Addo said the Government would collaborate with the Ghana National Association of Teachers and National Association of Graduate Teachers and other teaching associations to facilitate an affordable housing scheme for teachers.

He said teachers would be afforded the opportunity to upgrade their qualifications adding; “we aim to make the teaching profession, once again, a proud choice.”

Source: GNA|Ghana