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Court shoots down law graduates over Ghana School of Law entrance exam

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The Ghana School of Law

An attempt by some law graduates to stop the General Legal Council from administering entrance examination and interview before admitting qualified students into the Ghana School of Law has failed.

The group, who are LLB graduates, had gone to the Human Rights Court in Accra seeking an injunction to stop the examination on Friday, July 14, 2017 but the court on Thursday declined.

The Supreme Court on June 22, 2017 declared the entrance exams and the interview as unconstitutional because the requirements were in violation of the LI 1296 that gives direction for the mode of admission.

It however gave the General Legal Council six months to implement the orders of the court in the 2018 admissions.  That is, the General Legal Council takes appropriate means to pass the required regulation for whatever admission process they [GLC] intend to use.

Notwithstanding the Supreme Court judgement, the Council announced July 14 as the date for prospective candidates to sit for the exam, but dissatisfied by the move, the LLB graduates went to court to place an injunction on the exams.

They argued that allowing the Friday’s exam to come on would cause an irreparable damage to them, especially so when the Supreme Court has ruled the said examination constitute an illegality.

READ: SC ruling on School of Law will cause more harm than good – SRC

However, after listening to arguments from the students and the General Legal Council the court took the view the students failed to demonstrate the said irrepairable damage they would suffer for writing the exams.

The court held the graduates failed to show reasonable cause to warrant injunction on the examination.

By 3news.com|Ghana

UTAG to strike over gov’t failure to set up university governing councils

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Dr Harry L. K. Agbenu, President of UTAG

The University Teachers Association of Ghana (UTAG) has threatened to strike in the next two weeks if the government fail to set up governing councils for the various public universities across the country.

Members of the Association say they are not happy at the slow pace attitude adopted by the Akufo-Addo administration in putting in place the councils, six months after taking over the governance of the country.

President of UTAG, Dr Harry Agbenu said “It is unacceptable that for six good months none of our public universities has a council. Several efforts have been made, we have contacted the Minister of Education, NCT on the havoc that the absence of the councils are causing to the universities.

However, he said it is unfortunate that there is still no information as to when the councils will be reconstituted.

“To even make the matters worse the universities are ready to graduate their students; the universities are in a fixed as to what to do, and we have given the government an ultimatum of two weeks after which we will take our protest a bit higher” he hinted.

UTAG has again threatened to take on the government should it implement the university remittance policy which mandates the universities to remit 34 per cent of internally generated funds.

“We are going to take them on, we will not sit down for anything like that to happen, but if the government insists then the government may have to go to court to test whether the universities are supposed to generate fund for the government” Dr. Agbenu said

He added: “It is even a shock to us that government is demanding 34 per cent of internally generated funds, so the universities are now to generate funds for government instead of the government funding the universities,”

Court throws out UTAG

Meanwhile, the Winneba High Court has refused an application by the UTAG to join a suit involving the University of Education Winneba and a former Donkoryiem assemblyman, Supi Kwayera.

The University’s branch of UTAG asked the court to allow them to join the suit because they believe they have an interest in the case in the sense that its outcome would affect them.

The University of Education, Winneba is in a legal battle with Supi Kwayera over claims that the tenure of the University’s governing council has expired.

The substantive case would be heard on the 14th July 2017.

Meanwhile the local secretary of UTAG, Dr Samuel Asemtono has said they will seek legal advice from their lawyers on the way forward.

“UTAG is not happy with the ruling but as I said, largely, the decision lays in the judge’s bosom to decide but UTAG is not happy and we will talk with our lawyers to think of our next line of action” he stated.

By 3news.com|Ghana

2017 NSMQ winners receive royal package from Otumfuo Osei Tutu II

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Prempeh College won the 2017 edition of NSMQ

Asantehene Otumfuo Osei Tutu II has promised the winners of the 2017 National Science and Maths quiz full educational scholarship.

The package will see the contestants of Prempeh College receiving full scholarship for their tertiary education.

Prempeh College beat St Thomas Aquinas and Adisadel College in the final of the quiz on Thursday, June 29 to emerge champions of this year’s edition.

The win became the College’s fourth in the history of the contest.

Prempeh College were at the Manhyia Palace to present the trophy to the Asantehene, whose scholarship package cover contestants Sarfo-Ansah Wonder and Daniel Osei Badu as well as a third contestant, Kofi.

Prempeh College in front of Manhyia Palace

Asantehene also presented GH¢5,000 each to teachers who coached the students to victory.

Source: 3news.com|Ghana

One million pupils to benefit from USAID’s Early Grade Reading programme

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A teacher at a USAID-supported school instructs pupils using the phonics-based approach to teaching reading (Photo: Adama Jehanfo, USAID/Ghana)

The United States Agency for International Development (USAID), in partnership with the Ministry of Education (MoE) and the Ghana Education Service (GES), has begun to scale up GES’s Early Grade Reading Programme to 6,866 schools in 100 districts.

The reading program will develop improved teaching and learning materials and train 28,000 teachers, head teachers, and curriculum leads on the phonics-based approach to teaching children how to read in the 11 GES-approved Ghanaian languages.

The programme employs a systematic approach to teach letters, sounds, and words, in order to help children to read with fluency and comprehension.

Circuit supervisors will be trained to monitor and support schools’ implementation of the Early Grade Reading Program, and districts will be encouraged to develop District Reading Action Plans to promote reading in schools and homes.

The programme is expected to reach more than one million pupils from KG2 to P2 by 2019.

A similar pilot program that was implemented in Yendi Municipal in the Northern Region demonstrated the viability of this approach.

USAID supported the MoE and GES to develop and prototype a systematic phonics-based reading program in Dagbani.

In just 8 weeks, children in Grade P1 went from being able to recognize three correct letter sounds per minute to being able to recognize 16 correct letter sounds per minute.

During the same time period, these children exhibited a 31 percent improvement in reading words and a 26 percent improvement in reading sentences, as measured by the Early Grade Reading Assessment.

Ashanti Regional Director of Education Mary Owusu Achiaw said that regional directors are committed to ensuring the program’s success.

“We feel that we are part of it and we will commit to ensure its sustainability,” she said.

The goal of USAID’s education program is to increase the number of Ghanaian children who are able to read with fluency and comprehension in the early grades of primary school.

USAID works with the MOE, GES, the private sector, communities, and other stakeholders to achieve this goal by improving school management systems, training teachers and administrators, providing improved reading and learning materials, and promoting a culture of reading.

Source: 3news.com|Ghana

Christian Morgan to visit Labour, Education Ministries with issues on PWDs

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Christian Morgan

The 2nd runner up of TV3 Talented Kidz Season 8, Christian Morgan is to dialogue with Minister for Employment & Labour Relations Ignatius Baffour Awuah and officials of Special Education Division of the Ministry of Education on issues concerning Persons with Disabilities (PWDs) on Wednesday.

Visually impaired himself, the 12 year old pupil of the Ghana National Basic Inclusive School near Cape Coast School for the deaf and blind in the Central Region believes that, many people in conditions like his could excel in life when more favorable policies are made and implemented to educate, empower, and employ them.

Speaking to 3news.com, Christian Morgan, stage named, ‘Time No Dey’ said he has sensed from the inspirational music that he listens to and from his immediate environment that many PWDs are left on the streets because they lacked employable skills while others shy away from the public due to stigmatization.

He however commended the Minister of Road and Highways Kwasi Amoako Attah for his commitment to reserve 50 percent of all contracts in manning tollbooths for PWDs.

The self-styled advocate for inclusive society, Christian Morgan, will also plead with the Ministry of Education to gather more efforts in making inclusive schools disability friendly as his colleagues and himself go through series of challenges in attaining formal education. Poor infrastructure and inadequate resource teachers are some issues confronting inclusive schools in the country.

‘Time No Dey’ was amongst four contestants who were selected during auditions at Takoradi for the talent show which has served as a stepping stone for the realization of dream of becoming musician.

The Kofi Kinnata’s mentee will also pay visits to the Ghana Federation of Disability Organizations (GFD) and some key personalities who awesomely supported him during the show as part of rendering his appreciation to them.

Speaking to Morgan’s godfather and manager, Spencer Kwabena Boateng Mensah, he said on premises that Morgan left academic gaps during the reality show and needed to cover up to speed afterwards, thus the reason for his silence two months post Talented Kidz 8.

He further indicated that SpreadLove Home and Abroad will continue to bring out the best in him to make a positive change in society.

Source: 3news.com | Ghana

Adwoa Safo urged to apologise over Community Day SHS claims

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Member of Parliament for Dome-Kwabenya Constituency Sarah Adwoa Safo has been urged to do the honourable by apologizing for her claims over the building of a community day senior high school in her constituency.

In a video that recently went viral on social media, Ms Safo is heard telling some constituents that she was directly involved in the establishment of the school, Kwabenya Senior High School, though she was a member of the opposition then.

She told the gathering, in a meeting held at the School’s premises, that she had to write to the World Bank for the project.

The Bank, she told her audience, only demanded a litigation-free land. She spoke in local language Akan.

But the Deputy Majority Leader has come under attack from the National Democratic Congress (NDC), which initiated the projects  across the country as part of its 2012 manifesto.

Commenting on the issue, Executive Director of the African Center for Parliamentary Affairs (ACEPA) Dr Rasheed Draman said there is nothing wrong on the part of the Minister of State to apologise.

“I think as a leader of our House, if there is miscommunication, I don’t think there is anything wrong with coming out and apologizing,” he said on TV3’s Midday Live on Monday.

Dr Draman pointed out that clearly the MP may have committed a slip in her claims.

He further pointed out that MPs are even not responsible for such projects though Ghanaian MPs appear to have digressed from their core mandate of making laws.

‘Blown out of proportion’

But an officer of the Dome-Kwabenya Constituency, Nana Nkrumah, said the issue has been blown out of proportion.

The Communications Officer said the lawyer was referring to her efforts in getting the project to the constituency and not owning it.

According to Nana Nkrumah, Ms Safo wrote to the Ghana Atomic Energy Commission (GAEC) for the lease of land for the project.

He said as a member of the Assembly, she felt part of getting the project to its location.

He said the hullaballoo had been generated by the NDC.

Source: 3news.com|Ghana

NSMQ organisers secure injunction against ‘National Science & Maths Quiz’

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Prempeh College won the 2017 edition of NSMQ

The organizers and producers of the yearly National Science and Maths Quiz competition, Primetime Limited, successfully secured an injunction on Friday against a new play ‘National Science and Maths Quiz’.

The play was scheduled to be staged at the National Theater on Saturday.

The play was put together by Nyansapo Productions Limited.

According to Primetime Limited, it is “neither associated with nor affiliated to Nyansapo Productions Limited and have not authorized nor aided the said Nyansapo Productions to mount a play to depict any aspects of the National Science & Maths Quiz (NSMQ)”.

The restraining order was secured at an Accra High Court presided over by Justice Patience Mills-Tetteh.

In a statement signed by Managing Director Nana Akua Ankomah-Asare, Primetime Ltd said it won’t condone any attempt to “deride or discourage any participant or school from being part of this noble joint effort to improve the quality of STEM education in Ghana”.

Find below Primetime Ltd’s statement:

Source: 3news.com|Ghana

U/E: School under tree relocated into ultra-modern block

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Kalveo Kindergarten and Primary School in the Kassena Nankana West District of the Upper East Region which was under one big baobab tree has seen a facelift with an ultra modern 3-unit classroom block with teacher’s office with furniture, library with furniture, books, desk top computer, printer, and a washroom.

This gesture is by Tuma Kavi and funded by Korea International Cooperation Agency (KOICA) under the Local Civil Society Partnership programme.

The ultra-modern school facility was commissioned in Kalveo in the presence of all stakeholders.

As a deprived community, Kalveo has lagged behind in terms of development especially in the area of education, sanitation and health.

Since the introduction of school feeding in the community, enrolment of children less than eight years keeps on increasing every academic year.

Kindergarten pupils used to study under the big Baobab tree at the center of the community.

There is always a holiday whenever it rains or when the weather is above 35`Celsius and sometimes they join the primary block, making study difficult.

Due to these challenges confronting the kindergarten school, Tuma Kavi, a non-governmental organization based in Tamale and operating in the three regions of the north in partnership with KOICA constructed the ultra modern 3-unit classroom block.

In an interview, Executive Director of Tuma Kavi Rev. Mrs. Sanatu Nantogma said her outfit is confident that these valuable facilities will be used appropriately and maintained well.

She said their partnership with KOICA will provide more such facilities to deprived communities which lack these facilities in the area of health and sanitation.

The Deputy Country Director of KOICA, Seungmin Oh, said his outfit is determined to tackle at least half of United Nations’ development goals on education and health especially in the rural areas.

The District Chief Executivbe (DCE) for Kassena Nankana West, Clement Dandori, who represented the regional minister, thanked Tuma Kavi and KOICA for this good gesture and pledged Assembly’s support in extending electricity to the school and part of the community.

He cautioned school authorities to cultivate the habit of good maintenance so that other generations can benefit from the project.

Elizebeth Gwenia is a parent and expressed her joy on the project and has therefore thanked Tuna Kavi and KOICA for bringing hope to the community.

The construction of the school which was scheduled for six months took only four months to complete.

Also built is a KVIP with changing room for girls which the implementing organization and KOICA applauded.

By Rabiu Tanko Mohammed|3news.com|Ghana

Ghana launches its first satellite

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The development team behind the satellite

Ghana has successfully launched its first satellite into space.

GhanaSat-1, which was developed by students at All Nations University in Koforidua, was sent into orbit from the International Space Centre.

Cheers erupted as 400 people, including the engineers, gathered in the southern Ghanaian city to watch live pictures of the launch. The first signal was received shortly afterwards.

It is the culmination of a two-year project, costing $50,000 (£40,000).

It received support from the Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency (JAXA).

The satellite will be used to monitor Ghana’s coastline for mapping purposes, and to build capacity in space science and technology.

Project coordinator Dr Richard Damoah said it marked a new beginning for the country.

“It has opened the door for us to do a lot of activities from space,” he told the BBC.

He said it would “also help us train the upcoming generation on how to apply satellites in different activities around our region.

“For instance, [monitoring] illegal mining is one of the things we are looking to accomplish.”

Source BBC

2017/2018 National Service postings out, registration begins Monday

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Registration for the 2017/2018 National Service personnel starts on Monday July 17, 2017 and ends on Thursday August 17, 2017 across all regional centres in the country but service personnel cannot print out their appointment letters until Wednesday, July 12.

In all, over 91,000 service personnel have been deployed with the public sector absorbing majority of them.

The sectors to absorb them include agriculture and agro business, education support, National Service Secretariat support, business services, community health, rural development, administrative support, urban traffic, and urban sanitation.

Meanwhile two thousand one hundred and sixty (2,160) personnel have been deployed to the various regions to assist in government’s agenda of planting for food and jobs.

The breakdown is as follows:

A total of 91,871 service persons have been deployed.

76,980 have been posted to the public sector representing 84% whiles 14,963 have been posted to the private sector representing 16.30%

Authorities of the scheme indicated that the trend in the regional distribution has not seen much change as the Greater Accra and the Ashanti regions continue to receive high posting requests with the Upper East and West regions recorded the lowest requests.

The Greater Accra region alone received 29,647 personnel with the Upper West receiving 1,657 personnel.

From Friday July 7, personnel could access their places of postings through an SMS short code system by texting *714*77 on MTN, Aitel, Tigo and Vodafone.

By Martin Asiedu-Dartey|3news.com|Ghana
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