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UTAG resumes work after Vice Chancellors intervention

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Dr Harry L. K. Agbenu, President of UTAG

Members of the University Teachers Association of Ghana (UTAG) have called off their strike barely 24 hours after it began.

With numerous cases of lecturers not turning up, the strike did not have any significant effect of academics.

It was called off after the intervention of Vice Chancellors Ghana (VCG) following a closed-door meeting with UTAG’s leadership.

The vice chancellors have resolved to find a lasting solution to the impasse at the University of Education, Winneba (UEW).

The strike by the lecturers was in solidarity with academia as they claim their freedom is being trampled upon.

UEW has been embroiled in a court case that resulted in the ordering aside of the Vice Chancellor and the Chief Finance Officer with the reason that they were appointed by a University Council whose tenure had expired.

Though a new Council has been inducted into office, UTAG claims the two senior officers have not been called back, a situation the Association is concerned about.

But after hours of meeting with VCG, UTAG National President Dr Harry Agbanu said: “We are going back to the classrooms from tomorrow”.

They have given VCG two weeks to resolve the issues.

Executive Secretary of VCG Peter Kaba assured the lecturers that all within their powers will be done to resolve the impasse within the agreed period.


Without pupils you’re unemployed – GES Director to teachers

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Mr. Anthony Boateng, the acting Deputy Director-General of the Ghana Education Service (GES), has urged teachers to work hard and to be professional in the conduct of their duties.

Speaking at the My First Day at School” event at the Madina Cluster of Schools in Accra, Mr. Anthony Boateng said teachers had no cause to complain about the attitudes of pupils.

He stated, “You are not in this school to complain and to be doing nothing. Stop blaming the child for every wrong thing. You are here to teach and to mold these children for life and you ought to do it well always. You should know that without these pupils, all of us here are unemployed.”

Madam Jennifer Dede Afagbedzi, the Municipal Chief Executive of La-Nkwantanang-Madina, lauded teachers for their hard work and urged them to intensify their support for all educational policies and programmes of government, including the Free Senior High School programme.

Mrs. Margaret Nsiah-Asamoah, the La-Nkwantanang-Madina Municipal Director of Education, advised teachers to eschew acts that have the propensity to reduce educational standards.

She assured that her outfit would do all within its means to improve the performance of schools in the municipality, noting, “My outfit would continue to engage the government and stakeholders to promote good-quality education in the municipality.”

In another development, Mr. Anthony Kwaku Amoah, a Public Relations Officer of GES, has  donated of some supplementary books to the kindergarten and primary pupils of Saint Kilian Catholic Basic School at Awutu-Beraku in Central Region.

He urged teachers and school heads to effectively involve parents in the choice of senior high schools for pupils who are deemed to be placed by the Computerised School Selection and Placement System (CSSPS).

“Very soon, our pupils will be choosing their senior high, technical and vocational schools and programmes of study as part of their registration for BECE. I plead with you to involve parents and guardians in this exercise so as to avoid the situation where some parents and guardians mount undue pressure on the CSSPS, when the time comes, with the reason being that they are not aware of the schools that their children have chosen and so will not allow them to enroll.”

By Nana Adwoa Owusu-Asiedu | | Ghana  

Netherlands Alumni in Ghana launches 35th anniversary

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Ghanaians who studied in the Netherlands have been charged to make their training count in the socio-economic development of Ghana.

The over 5,000 Ghanaian professionals were also asked to continue to excel in their various fields of endeavour.

These pieces of advice were given by the Dutch Ambassador to Ghana, Ron Strikker, at the launch of the 35th anniversary of the Netherlands Alumni Association of Ghana (NAAG).

“We are proud to have so many alumni here in Ghana. We are also provide to have many alumni in important positions in government, in private sector and other sectors as well all who have contributed and continue to contributing so much to the prosperity  and development of the countrym” Ron Strikker recounted.

Describing NAAG as the most active and vibrant Dutch alumni association in the world, he called on all alumni to get involved in the 35th anniversary and support its activities in any way possible.

The anniversary is under the theme: “The Relevance of Dutch Education to the Socio-Economic Development of Ghana over the past Decades: NAAG in Perspective”.

President of NAAG, Daniel Tibu says the theme for the anniversary was carefully chosen to ensure that the Dutch education is felt in Ghana.

He noted that 35 years is a huge milestone for the alumni to come together and take stock and restrategise on how to impact on the socio-economic development of Ghana.

“The tagline for the Dutch Embassy is ‘Holland-Ghana, Growing Together’, and that of the Association is ‘Growing Together in Knowledge’. For us, travelling to the Netherlands to go and study is very key.

“Most of us have travelled there to go and acquire knowledge and skills and we are back in the country impacting the country on all the various sectors of the economy that we find ourselves.”

NAAG was founded in Ghana in 1982 as a way of sharing knowledge and experiences among Ghanaians who trained in the Netherlands. For more than three decades, over 5,000 Ghanaians including ministers of state have benefitted from the Dutch education scholarships.

The 35th anniversary is expected to refresh the professionals and get them together to recommit themselves to putting into practice the skills acquired from Europe.

The activities for the anniversary starts from October 29 to November 4, 2017.

Among activities lined up to mark the anniversary include a public lecture, donation to the Akropong School for the Blind, Picnic and Awards Night.

By Isaac Essel & Emmanuel Kwame Amoh |

Breman Jamrah gets new KG block months after deadly collapse

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The new block was constructed at the cost of GH¢200,000

A new kindergarten block has been constructed for the Breman Jamrah Methodist Basic School in the Asikuma-Odoben-Brakwa District of the Central Region.

This replaces the old one that collapsed and killed four KG children early this year.

The whole Jamrah township was thrown into a state of mourning on January 31, 2017 when six kindergarten pupils were killed after their classroom collapsed.

READ: Kindergarten building collapses, killing six kids

According to sources, several organizations pledged to put up a new building for the school but that could not see the light of the day.

But Goldkey Properties came in to put up a two-unit KG block with offices for the school though the Asikuma-Odobeng-Brakwa District Assembly had already started with the construction.

At a ceremony held to commission the new block, the Chief of Breman Jamrah, Nana Fosu, and the Paramount Chief of Breman Asikuma Traditional Area, Odeefo Amoakwa Boadu, expressed gratitude to Goldkey Properties for the support.

Central Region Minister Kwamena Duncan admonished all stakeholders of development including districts assemblies to play their role effectively in order to ensure that such disasters do not recur.

Mr Duncan led the gathering to observe a minute silence for the departed souls.

The Executive Director of Goldkey Properties, Cynthia Acquaye, disclosed plans to adopt the school to provide the necessary support it may need.

District Chief Executive Isaac Odoom and Member of Parliament Anthony Effah were worried about the poor communication network in Breman Jamrah.

Jonathan Ekuamoah, who partnered the GH¢200,000 project including a refurbishment of a six-unit classroom block called on other corporate organisations to reach out to the needs of communities.

By Lucy Ayambilla||Ghana

‘Free SHS has come to stay’: Dr. Apaak canvasses for support

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The NDC (National Democratic Congress) never said [Free SHS ] was a bad idea,” the Member of Parliament for Builsa South opened his remarks on the policy and called on all to ensure its sustenance while contributing to a discussion on TV3’s New Day, Saturday.

Dr. Clement Apaak who is a former presidential staffer noted that the main point of contention was the NDC’s adherence to a progressive implementation, which he claimed has been vindicated by the method adopted by the government to implement it.

Government has not fully implemented the policy as it envisaged while in opposition when it promised to make secondary education free for all.

The policy took off on Monday, September 11, covering only first year students who wrote the 2017 Basic Education Certificate Examinations.

Dr. Apaak therefore accused the government of “discriminating” against continuing students and questioned the equity promised by the government.

Nonetheless, the MP concedes, “we all agree the policy has come to being and it has come to stay”.

He further appealed, “once it has been rolled out it has become a national policy that we all have to make sure it succeeds”.

Since it is a national policy, he said, the NDC will point out the shortcomings and identify areas that need tweaking to serve Ghanaians better.

“We must all have an interest and play an active role to ensure that the programme succeeds,” Dr. Apaak stated.

But Andrew Kofi Egyapa Mercer, Member of Parliament for Sekondi, rejected the position that what the government is implementing is similar to the progressive free SHS the NDC preached.

Though the differentiation did not come out clearly, he said the implementation has increased enrollment.

He argued that the NDC was not bold on the policy because he “knew they have bankrupted the economy so much that the government can’t support the policy”.

By Isaac Essel | | Ghana


Minister wants review of teaching models in universities

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Prof Frimpong-Boateng

The inability the country’s graduates to creatively manufacture products calls for a review of teaching models and methods at the tertiary level, says Professor Kwabena Frimpong-Boateng, the Minister for Environment, Science, Technology, and Innovation.

He has described as unacceptable the situation where almost every product is imported whilst the 130 universities in the country churn out graduates who should be driving product development.

“We have about 130 universities in the country and if we are still having problems with the things that we do to build our industries and also keep importing everything in the country, then there must be something wrong with the way we teach and acquire knowledge,” he observed.

Professor Frimpong-Boateng was addressing participants of the 1st International Conference on Competency-Based Training and Research at University of Education, Winneba, Kumasi campus.

He hinted the Ministry of Education is fashioning out programmes to promote Competency-Based Training at every level of education.

“Education is supposed to equip us with things that we have to do to solve our problems in transportation, health, sanitation, water supply, and food security among other things. So if we are still unable to solve these problems, then we are not acquiring the right skills”, he said.

participants of the workshop

The 3-day conference brought together academics, researchers, administrators and other stakeholders in education to disseminate and share ideas on the need to enhance Competency-Based Training and Research.

Acting Vice Chancellor of University of Education, Winneba, Reverend Professor Anthony Afful-Broni, called for a paradigm shift in the delivery of technical and vocational education if it is to impact meaningfully on the socio-economic development of Ghana.

“Ghana is yearning for technological development against the backdrop of many TVET graduates increasingly finding it difficult to secure employment amidst concerns of their lack of employable skills,” he said.

Professor Afful-Broni is of the view that, a shift from the present mode of delivery of TVET programmes to CBT mode of delivery will eliminate skill gaps, a situation where trainees will be equipped with skills needed by the industry”.

The international conference, on the theme “Building the Next Generation of Technologists: The CBT Paradigm”, drew participants from Australia, China, Ghana, Nigeria, and South Africa.

By Ibrahim Abubakar||Ghana

Stop watching telenovelas – Dep. Education Minister to pupils

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The Member of Parliament for Cape Coast North and a Deputy Minister of Education, Barbara Asher Ayisi, has called on the parents in the Central Region to invest in the education of their children.

The Deputy of Education in charge of Basic Education urged pupils in basic schools to stop watching telenovelas.

Speaking to Onua FM’s Central Region correspondent Kwame Kakarba after embarking on ‘My First Day AT School’ tour, Mrs Ayisi said the telenovelas have negative effects on their education and therefore cautioned them not to watch.

The Deputy Minister also distributed 5,000 exercise books to some selected schools in her constituency.

She appealed to teachers and head teachers in the basic schools to channel any form of challenge they may face to the district education office for quick response and not to wait until things degenerate.

Mrs. Asher-Ayisi commended teachers in the country for the tremendous work they continue to do in improving the level of basic education in the country.

She expressed government’s commitment towards improving facilities at the basic education level, assuring that schools would soon be provided with basic materials for effective teaching and learning materials in the basic schools.

At the Saint Lawrence Catholic Basic School, the headmistress, Madam Eugenia Ampah, thanked the deputy minister for the surprise visit.

She stated that the school performed creditably in the last Basic Education Certificate Examination (BECE) in the Cape Coast metropolis by scoring 98%.

Those who accompanied the deputy minister wer the Metropolitan Education Director, Steven Amoah, the Cape Coast Metropolitan Chief Executive, Ernest Arthur, the New Patriotic Party (NPP) Constituency Secretary for Cape Coast North, Ebo Sebah, Mr George Ayisi, Mr Richmond Yaw Yeboah and some regional educational officials.

Cape Coast Metropolitan Chief Executive (MCE) Mr Ernest Arthur also donated exercise books, note books, biscuits and fruit drinks, among others, as gifts to the pupils.


Photo of the week: Free SHS is here!

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Obviously, the biggest news that has generated the most headlines this week has been the Free Senior High School programme, rolled out by the Akufo-Addo-led government on Tuesday.

The Free SHS, which was one of the major programmes promised Ghanaians by the New Patriotic Party ahead of the 2016 general elections, has seen fresh SHS students enjoying free education at the various public SHS across the country.

It was one audacious programme that critics of the NPP and Nana Akufo-Addo cast doubt over its successful implementation.

At the NPP’s National Delegates Conference in Cape Coast on August 26, 2017, our photographer, Kojo Carey, captured this man wielding placard with the inscription: “Free SHS is Here!”



GES says sanctions against headmasters very soft; but NAGRAT is livid

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Michael Nsowah

Headmasters facing various sanctions for charging unapproved fees were given lesser punishments than they deserved, the Ghana Education Service assesses its decision.

Two senior high schools headmasters have been demoted by the GES and are to go back to the classroom to teach. Seven others have been interdicted.

The Ghana Education Service meted out the sanctions after a committee had met the affected heads of schools accused of going contrary to the code of conducts guiding the rollout of the Free SHS Policy.

Government absorbed all fees at the secondary school level under the policy for first year students, but some schools have been accused of devising some disingenuous means to fleece parents.

About 19 heads of schools were called before a disciplinary committee and given a chance to explain their actions. Read more here

But Chairman of Ghana Education Service Council, Michael Nsowah told 3FM’s Mercydarlyn Lokko that the nine headmasters who were sanctioned “went beyond their limit”.

Some people felt the punishments were hash since the implementation of the policy was at its embryonic state.

But Mr. Nsowah said the GES was even lenient with the headmasters as it strives to send signals to others to fully implement the Free SHS policy.

“We have been very fair, in fact we have been very soft; maybe we tempered justice with mercy,” he asserted.

But the National Association of Graduate Teachers (NGRAT) said the GES might be flouting its own code of conducts.

NAGRAT Vice President Angel Karbonu doubts if the GES followed the laid down disciplinary procedures in its own book for taking action against the heads.

He told 3FM the leadership would meet GES next week and make its position known on the punishments.

In the absence of a blueprint in running the policy, the heads of schools were forced to take certain decisions to keep the schools going, he said, noting the Free SHS policy does not cover “every aspect of running the school”.

By Isaac Essel | | Ghana

Free SHS extortion: 2 headmasters sacked, 7 interdicted

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Two heads of Senior High Schools (SHS) in the country have been sacked for breaching the guidelines on the implementation of the Free SHS education policy rolled out by government Tuesday.

The two, Blasu Wisdom, headmaster of Pentecost SHS in Koforidua and Rev. S.P Elewokor, assistant headmaster of Duffor SHS, are “to be posted outside the school to teach in a classroom”.

They were found guilty of various infractions including extortion.

Headmaster of Duffor Senior High, Mr  S.C.K Agbakey is to be “reprimanded for poor supervision”

Seven others, including headmasters, have also been interdicted by the Ghana Education Service (GES) pending further investigations into allegations made against them on the Free SHS policy.

They are Mrs Florence Prah, headmistress of Kwanyako Senior High; Mrs Mercy Ocloo, headmistress of Ahantaman Senior High; Mr Julian Okun, headmaster of Akumfi Ameyaw Senior High; Mr Jacob Baazang, Assistant Headmaster and Mr George Frimping Kwarteng of Akumfi Ameyaw Senior High.

The rest are Mr Christian Attram Gyetekey, headmaster of Asesewa Senior High and Samuel Salaman, headmaster of the Presby Senior High School at La in Accra.

Mr Salaman, according to the Ghana Education Service, refused an invitation to attend a meeting with the Directog General of GES on Thursday.