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UCC rusticates 22 students for campus riot

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Twenty-two students of the University of Cape Coast (UCC) have been rusticated after investigations cited them for their involvement in a clashes between students of the University, University of Ghana (UG) and Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology (KNUST) in March this year.

The clash which occurred during the hall week celebration of the Atlantic Hall left three students seriously injured.

The 22 students, most of whom were executives of the Atlantic Hall and members of the 55th Hall Week celebration Planning Committee were rusticated for two semesters except the President of the Hall, Enoch Bart Plange, who was to serve four semesters.

They are made up of level 100, 200, 300 and 400 students.

It could be recalled that three students were seriously injured in a clash between students of the University Of Ghana (UG), Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology (KNUST) and the University of Cape Coast (UCC) on Friday March 17.

The Ghana News Agency (GNA) learnt that two students were stabbed in the stomach and the other brutally assaulted when entering his hall from night studies.

The students from KNUST and UG were invited for a “power night” event at ATL Hall of UCC as part of activities to mark the Hall Week celebration.

GNA sources said a misunderstanding ensued between the students when porters of Oguaa Hall refused to allow some naked vandals from the UG, Unity and ATL Halls from entering the hall.

The students began throwing stones at each other and in the process several property, including the Bus of Oguaa Hall and vehicles belonging to some lecturers, were destroyed, the witness said.

The witness said some of the irate students turned their anger on the police and military personnel who were dispatched to the campus to maintain law and order. The police cum military personnel were, however, able to restore calm on the campus.

Source: GNA | Ghana

Matilda Amissah-Arthur donates to Multikids Inclusive Academy

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Mrs Amissah-Arthur (far right) promised to visit the school again

The wife of Former Vice President Paa Kwesi Amissah-Arthur, Matilda Amissah-Arthur, has encouraged children to learn hard and pass their exams in order to become future leaders.

Mrs. Amissah-Arthur gave the advice on Wednesday, May 17, when she paid a visit to Multikids Inclusive Academy, an international school located in East Legon.

The Academy has a specialised learning environment for typical learners who may have a specific learning challenges like Dyslexia, Attention Deficit Hyperactive Disorder, Aspergers, Mild Autism and those with special educational needs like sufferers of Cerebral Palsy, Down Syndrome, Autistic Spectrum Disorder, Global Delay.

Mrs. Amissah-Arthur, a friend to children and a mother for all, said it had been her practice to visit such schools to help bring out the best the children.

As part of her passion to encourage children to adopt good reading habits, she donated reading books and some educational materials for special needs to support the children.

She advised the children to work hard and give maximum respect to their caregivers.

Mrs. Amissah-Arthur took the opportunity to thank the management of the school for their commitment in caregiving to such great children in society.

She used the occasion to wish the children and the staff well and promised to be visiting them from time to time.

Multikids Inclusive Academy was established in February 2010. It grew out of a small special school called COLEDIC founded by Sigrid Kootstra.

Mandy and Sigrid worked together to co-found Ghana’s first and only inclusive school, Multikids Inclusive Academy, educating children in a co-existing learning environment.

Multikids combines specialist, creative, academic and vocational teaching and learning based on the UK National Curriculum, for students from 6 months to 21 years.

The environment of inclusion is only possible through the intervention of excellent therapeutic services. The school believes passionately that all children have the right to an excellent inclusive curriculum.

Their multidisciplinary team of education professionals includes specialist teachers, speech and language therapists, physiotherapists and occupational therapists.

Source: 3news.com|Ghana

Credit: Maxwell Okamafo Addo

All JHS graduates placed in SHS will benefit from free SHS – Education Minister

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Dr Matthew Opoku Prempeh

Minister of Education Dr Matthew Opoku Prempeh has reiterated that all graduates of 2017 junior high school who get computer placement into public senior high schools (SHSs) will benefit from the free education policy to start in September.

“This has been our consistent position,” Dr Opoku Prempeh stressed in a press release on Wednesday, May 17.

The release was a rejoinder to a news item on some online portals, citing him as saying the policy will be for only brilliant students.

Find the press release below:

PRESS STATEMENT

For Immediate Release

REJOINDER: STARRFMONLINE.COM NEWS ITEM ON FREE SHS POLICY.

My attention has been drawn to a news item on Starrfmonline’s website, published yesterday 16th May 2017 and headlined ‘Only Brilliant Students will Enjoy Free SHS-NAPO’. The news item was based on an interview I granted earlier to Mr. Francis Abban of Starr FM, and which was aired on Monday 15th May 2017.

I categorically wish to place on record that at no point during the interview did I state or even imply, however remotely, that Free SHS would apply only to brilliant JHS graduates.  What I made clear was that starting in September 2017, any JHS graduate who passes the BECE and is placed in a public senior high school will benefit from Free SHS. This has been our consistent position as a government.

My disappointment with the news item is exacerbated by the fact that in a conversation with Mr. Abban just before the formal interview started, I specifically raised concerns about misleading headline on the basis of past experiences. Mr. Abban promised not to be mischievous as others had been, and yet exactly the opposite has taken place in this instance, giving a completely false, twisted and misleading headline to my comments on access to free SHS.

I strongly believe it is important for journalists to honour their word and be thoroughly professional and meticulous, as accuracy is paramount in their line of work. I would fervently hope that there are no ulterior motives to this obviously false headline or that the mischief was not at anyone’s bidding.

The media, as the fourth estate, are crucial partners in nation building, and it is important for public officials to develop and maintain a warm relationship with the fraternity. However, incidents like this threaten to mar this relationship as they lead to suspicion and wariness on the part of public officials. That is not a healthy development.

I expect that the management of Starr FM will take the necessary steps to address this lack of professionalism as a matter of extreme urgency.

 

Hon. Dr. Matthew Opoku Prempeh

Minster

Source: 3news.com|Ghana

Otiko Djaba apologises to School Feeding caterers

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Minister of Gender, Children and Social Protection Otiko Afisah Djaba has apologized to caterers working under the School Feeding Programme for the delay in payment of 2016/2017 arrears.

“The current School Feeding contracts will end this July 2017 and we can assure you that all arrears will be paid before then,” she said in a statement on Monday, May 15.

Earlier on Monday, some of the caterers picketed at the Gender Ministry, demanding their arrears in excess of GH¢114 million.

They usually pre-finance the cooking and are reimbursed later by government “and there are several government agencies involved in processing the payment of the arrears”.

“The government inherited an arrears of GH¢114.00m from the previous NDC administration for 75 cooking days for caterers in 2016,” the Gender Minister.

“There is the need for us to adhere to the strict governance process for the arrears to be paid and in spite of the competing demands for public funds, the Ministry of Finance has processed the release of the arrears for 2016 and for 2017.”

The Ministry has asked “all partners and stakeholders of the Ghana School Feeding Program to effectively expedite action to improve on the caterer payment situation”.

The statement reiterated the commitment by the government in settling arrears with the Programme, evidenced by the GH¢200 million out of the GH¢250 million allocation to the Ministry in the 2017 budget.

“Once again we apologise for any inconvenience caused,” the statement concluded.

Source: 3news.com|Ghana

Kenyan pupils protest after Nairobi school demolished

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Primary schoolchildren have used their desks to block a major road in Kenya’s capital Nairobi after their school was demolished.

The Kenyatta Golf Course Academy was knocked down at the weekend following a land dispute.

They were joined by their parents and teachers as they chanted: “We want our school, we need to study in school.”

Several Kenyan schools have been demolished in recent years because of arguments over title deeds.

In some cases, corrupt officials have issued multiple deeds for the same property.

One parent protesting during the rush-hour said: “We are demonstrating because we did not have any notice to vacate.”

Teachers are reported to be concerned that the demolition means they have lost their jobs.

The demonstration ended peacefully.

Two years ago police fired teargas to disperse protesting schoolchildren in Nairobi after their playground was sold to a developer.

Source: BBC

Students join forces to fight Lands Minister over Ghana School of Surveying and Mapping

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Lands and Natural Resources Minister John-Peter Amewu has ordered the closure of the School of Surveying and Mapping

Major student unions in the country have resolved to get the Lands and Natural Resources Minister, John-Peter Amewu, to backtrack on his decision to close down the School of Surveying and Mapping.

Mr Amewu ordered the closure of the school following a demonstration by students against suspected sale of the school’s lands by the Land Commission.

Mr Amewu asked the Commission to re-assign staff of the School while ordering students to vacate the campus and hostels.

But this did not go down well with the students, who met the minister last Friday to talk him to backtrack on his order.

This seemed to have failed.

On Monday, May 15, leadership of Ghana Union of Professional Students (GUPS), National Union of Ghana Students (NUGS), University Students Association of Ghana (USAG), Ghana National Union of Technical Students (GNUTS) and Graduate Students Association of Ghana (GRASAG) resolved to petition President Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo over the issue.

According to them, the School should not be closed as ordered by the minister.

The petition will be sent on Wednesday, May 17.

But it will be preceded by a press conference to explain the reasons backing their position.

Source: 3news.com|Ghana

Education: Akufo-Addo is championing ancient ideas – Edgar Wiredu

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Edgar Wiredu

Insurance marketer Edgar Wiredu has disagreed with President Nana Akufo-Addo’s position that laboratories and workshops of Technical High Schools are the answer to unemployment in the country.

In his view, the president is championing “ancient ideas” instead of thinking of technology which is ruling the world now.

“It is high time we think of technology not laboratories and workshops for students in that level, the president has misfired.”

President Akufo-Addo said his government’s flagship policy, Free SHS, will not be turned into a process of churning out young people that will not be equipped with skills to cope with the modern world, stressing that that a high school educated child without any skills would be more frustrated than a child that ended her education at the Junior High School level. It is against this that the President stated that, it is in the laboratories and workshops that students in the second cycle level will get the opportunity to expand their imagination, and develop the skills that would equip them for the job market.

But contributing on Onua FM morning show ‘YenNsem Pa’, Edgar Wiredu said the idea of workshops and laboratories belong to the past.

Emphasis, he said, should rather be placed on making sure that students coming out of SHS are equipped with modern day trend of technologies, adding that “nations are using technology to build the future, we are here talking about workshops”.

Pointing to some examples to buttress his point, Edgar Wiredu explained that, elsewhere in the world, countries are using E-Learning to solve forest depletion, whiles some are also using technology to develop and bring change in the lives of their people.

He wondered why the president will not lead Ghana to champion same technological reforms rather than workshops.

Edgar Wiredu posited that the President’s advisors are doing a great disservice to him and ask that they should be proactive in their thinking which will go a long way to help the country move forward, else Ghana will continue to lag behind in terms of technology.

“We are now in the era that is ruled by technology and we must also advance in that order. Our ‘big men’ travel, I think it is time we replicate what we see being done elsewhere or we can’t develop like them.”

By Bright Dzakah/Onua 95.1fm/3news.con

Technical universities key to industrialisation agenda – Akufo-Addo

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The President of the Republic, Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo, has reiterated the commitment of his government towards the prioritisation of technical education and the skills development of students in the country’s senior high and tertiary institutions, as it holds the key to the country’s industrial development.

According to President Akufo-Addo, “if the ambitions we have for this country are going to come into fruition, a great deal of it depends on what is going to happen in places like this. You are going to be at the centre of the industrial revolution of our country. That revolution needs to happen now if Ghana is going to make progress.”

The President noted that “all those countries in the world that used to be like us, but are now places of prosperity and development, became so because they paid a great deal of attention and committed a lot of resources to the development of their educational system, especially the development of their technical and scientific education.”

President Akufo-Addo made this known on Sunday, 14th May, 2017, when he addressed students of the Ho Technical University, at its auditorium, at the climax of his 2-day visit to the Volta Region.

The President stressed that if Ghana is to emulate the successes of the Asian tigers, especially countries who gained their independence around the same time as Ghana did, then technical institutions must have priority in the country’s educational expenditure.

It is for this reason, he said, that the process of reorganising and re-prioritising the country’s educational expenditure is on-going, evident in the 2017 Asempa Budget ensuring a substantial increase in the budgetary allocation to the educational sector.

Technical education, the President indicated “is the key to our future. Whatever we can do to support your development, to make it relatively easy for you to study hard and to get the information to be able to contribute to the progress and development of the country, the Akufo-Addo administration is going to do exactly that.”

President Akufo-Addo continued, “We cannot continue to be raw material producing and exporting countries, depending on the production of unprocessed cocoa or unprocessed gold. There is no future in that for us as a people. We will continue to be poor if we go down that line. We must make a systematic effort to change the structure of our economy. We cannot do it unless we have people like you primed and ready to assist the process of transformation.”

Completion of school projects

Government, the President said, is committed to the completion of projects such as the Industrial Art building, the housing project for faculty staff and the completion of the residence for the Vice Chancellor of the Ho Technical University, the three projects of priority of the institution.

With the administration of President Kufuor responsible for “80% of the infrastructural development at this university”, the Vice Chnacellor of the University indicated that not much has been done, in terms of infrastructural development, for the school.

“So it would be very fitting if I carried off from where he (President Kufuor) left off. That is a commitment I am making to you, and I am going to do exactly just that,” he said, to a rapturous applause from students of the institution, adding that “it will be my pleasure to come here and commission these uncompleted projects before my four years are over”.

Stay united as a people

President Akufo-Addo urged the students, and by extension all Ghanaians, to “remember that we are part and parcel of the same dream. The men and women who sacrificed to make it possible to get our freedom had a vision of Ghana as a beacon, and the light of the world. We have to hold onto that vision”.

Ghana, President Akufo-Addo added, “is a rich country. If we agree that we will govern ourselves in an intelligent, modern and progressive manner, eschew corruption, look at best practices, put aside tribalism, insist on excellence that we are not going to be satisfied with second best but only the best, that promise of Ghana is going to be realised in our time.”

He continued, “We are going through difficulties now because of things that happened in the past. Don’t let us allow the past to constrain our future. Let us believe that we are capable of leaving the past behind and soldering on to that bright future that beckons for us. If we have that belief in ourselves and we translate it into action, in 10 years time, none of us will recognise the Ghana of today. We will see a new Ghana of progress and prosperity, and you are going to be beneficiaries of that new Ghana.”

Source: FHCB

Technical schools will churn out skilled school leavers – Prez

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President Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo has stated that it is in the laboratories and workshops of Technical High Schools that students will get the opportunity to expand their imagination, and develop the skills that would equip them for the modern world.

According to President Akufo-Addo, his government will not “turn the Free SHS into a process that simply churns out young people that would not be equipped to cope with the modern world”, stressing that “a High school educated child without any skills would be even more frustrated than a child that ended her education at the Junior High School.”

He, therefore, assured that his government will “ensure that our High Schools and their teachers are equipped to deal with the white heat of science and technology that rule today’s world.”

President Akufo-Addo made this known on Saturday, May 13, 2017, when he delivered a speech at the 33rd Anniversary and 2nd Speech and Prize Giving day celebration of the Mafe-Kumase Senior Technical School, at the commencement of his 2-day tour of the Volta Region.

The President noted that the joblessness and underemployment that have blighted the lives of Ghanaian youth will be overcome, “when we provide laboratories and workshops and the qualified teachers that would turn out skilled school leavers.”

Every new policy his government has sought to introduce, like 1-District-1-Factory, and 1-Village-1-Dam, he said, requires skilled people to make them work.

“Science, technology and technical skills rule agriculture and the entire food industry, and that is where the jobs are. Remember the programme for Planting for Food and Jobs, which I rolled out recently at Goaso in the Bring Ahafo Region? Science, technology and technical skills rule industry, and you rule yourself out if you are not appropriately equipped. That is why we are insisting on the policy of One District, One Factory,” he added.

To this end, the President assured that his government will prioritise a change in attitude of the country’s education system that would pay deserved attention to skills training, adding that “the provision of laboratories and workshops would be paramount. This would involve huge investments in infrastructure and the proper training of teachers.”

Many schools like Mafe-Kumase Sec Tech

President Akufo-Addo noted that there are many schools around Ghana that are in the same situation as Mafe-Kumase Senior High Technical School, where, though they tend to be called secondary-technical, the technical bit is often more in hope than in reality.

“A particularly sad tell-tale sign of these schools is the unavailability of laboratories and workshops. We call them technical schools, and they do not have laboratories and workshops and the children do not have the opportunity to do the practical component of the courses they take,” he said.

He continued, “They take courses in technical drawing, building construction, clothing and textile, animal husbandry, applied electricity, without workshops. Some might consider that as an impossibility, but it is happening in our schools. Unfortunately, it is the reality for the majority of our schools, and this is the reality for Mafe-Kumase Sec-Tech. It shames us all that 60 years after we gained our political independence, many of our schools are in this state.”

In order to start the process of “trying to turn the technical in the name of your school into a reality”, President Akufo-Addo pledged the construction of “a modern, well-equipped workshop”, which, he added, will be appropriate structure to mark his visit to Mafe-Kumasi Sec-Tech.

With the Japanese government helping to build a science laboratory in the school, President Akufo-Addo was confident that “the addition of a modern and well-equipped workshop complex would transform your school.”

Source: FHCB

[Photo of the week] A case of ‘necessity compels the butcher to kill a cat’?

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A government of Ghana-registered school bus for the Evangelical Presbyterian College is captured being used to carry firewood, ostensibly for the school’s kitchen, to prepare meals for students.

Questions are being raised on social media by some people about why the school should use a passenger bus to carry such goods whereas there could be pick-up vehicles but others have defended the school authorities for the act on the basis they might be handicapped.

But could this be a case of necessity compels the butcher to kill the cat?

Share and let’s debate the issue

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