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GES denies extension of vacation for SHS as gov’t pays part of feeding grants

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SHS feesThe Ghana Education Service (GES) has denied rumours that it has extended the reopening date of Senior High Schools across the country.

A statement purported to come from the GES and circulated on social media claimed Thursday that the reopening date of January 5, 2017 had been pushed to January 15.

“We have not extended the reopening date,” Rev. Jonathan Betty, Public Relations Officer of GES told 3News, adding the GES expects that all schools reopen by Monday January 9.

Feeding grants released

Meanwhile, he revealed the government has released funds for the payment of one term feeding grants to schools in the three northern regions.

According to Rev Betty, the money was released into the account of the Scholarship Secretariat, which is in charge of the feeding grant, and same has since been transferred into the schools’ accounts.

Senior High Schools in the Northern, Upper East and West regions were on Wednesday said to be considering an extension of the reopening date due to the non-payment of outstanding feeding grants by the government.

READ: Schools mull over extended vacation for students due to delayed feeding grant

Government has failed to pay feeding grants for the first and second terms of the 2016/2017 academic year as well as the first term of the 2017/2018 academic year, the heads of the schools claimed.

But Mr Betty told 3News Thursday the issue was being resolved, hence urged heads of the schools in the three regions to resume and make do with the one term grant which has been paid.

“We are hoping that with this money they should resume and start using this money,” he advised.

Earlier on Wednesday, the GES issued a statement in which it appealed to the schools to reopen while steps were being taken to facilitate the immediate release of the full feeding grants.

“Actions have already been initiated by the Ministry of Education and the Scholarship Secretariat to the Ministry of Finance for the quick release of these bursaries to the respective schools before the start of the academic term,” it said.

The statement added: “We would exceptionally want to also appeal to the major stakeholders of education at the secondary level in the regions under reference to continue to be patient and hold on to their partnership with management in the running of the schools whiles management continue to push for the express release of the grants”.

By Stephen Kwabena Effah|3news.com|Ghana

JHS & SHS to reopen in september

N/R: Schools mull over extended vacation for students due to delayed feeding grant

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JHS & SHS to reopen in septemberSenior High Schools in the Northern Region are likely to give their students an extended vacation due to the non-payment of outstanding feeding grants by the government.

The situation has compelled headmasters of the schools in the region to consider rescheduling Friday’s reopening.

Government has failed to pay feeding grants for the first and second terms of the 2016/2017 academic year as well as the first term of the 2017/2018 academic year, the schools claim.

The Northern Regional Director of the Ghana Education Service, Alhaji Haroon Kambodia told 3News he was doubtful about the January 5 reopening date for the schools as well as when the grant will be paid to the schools.

“Let me be frank with you, I don’t have the slightest idea when the grants would be paid” he said.

He expressed worry at the turn of events, noting it would have consequence on the reopening date and eventually affect academic work.

“There’s nothing the headmasters can do in this situation because their suppliers wouldn’t take anymore excuses and that will affect the academic calendar,” said

Meanwhile, a visit to the Northern School of Business in Tamale Thursday revealed no preparation towards Friday’s reopening.

The usual preparation that heralds school reopening was missing as some staff were seen relaxed with no indication they were ready to welcome the students back from vacation

For now, students will have to stay home until the feeding grants due the schools are paid.

By Zubaida Ismail|3news.com|Ghana

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Teacher trainees challenge Education Ministry over GH¢50m feeding grant payment

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President Mahama presenting a cheque for GH¢100,000 to Madam Oppong for being adjudged the overall best teacher.

Teacher trainees demand evidence of the GH¢50 million payment

Teacher trainees across the country have challenged the Ministry of Education to show proof of releasing GH¢50,532,000 as payment for their feeding grants.

A statement by the Ministry last Wednesday said the amount covers the second semester of the 2014/2015 academic year and the first semester of the 2015/2016 year.

But in a rejoinder letter written on January 3, the teacher trainees pointed out that that statement was just to throw dust in the eyes of the public after they served notice to picket at the Ministry.

“It is unfortunate the content and information of the said subject matter are not trustworthy, deceptive, unreliable and a cover up,” the letter copied to the president, John Dramani Mahama, said.

The trainees claim the Vice President, Paa Kwesi Amissah-Arthur, had made a similar statement “and yet still it is nowhere to be found”.

“The press release doesn’t answer the question of where about of the overall GH¢ 50,000,000 released for the payment of the feeding grant arrears.

“The release is only a cover-up to divert public attention from the truth since after the release, TTAG executives did our cross checks from the colleges the money was nowhere to hit the colleges account.”

The statement from the Teacher Trainees Association of Ghana (TTAG) presented a breakdown of the arrears as GH¢560 each for Year Two and newly trained students for the second semester of the 2015/2016 academic year and GH¢1,120 each for Year Three students for the first and second semesters of the same academic year.

“Finally we are calling on the government as a matter of urgency within its few days left to take the necessary steps to pay these monies to curtail a situation of trainees from been prevented from writing their end of semester examination.”

By Emmanuel Kwame Amoh|3news.com|Ghana

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Professor Joshua Alabi – A rare gem retires

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Last Friday was indeed an emotional and memorable moment for staff and students of the University of Professional Studies, Accra (UPSA) formerly known as the Institute of Professional Studies (IPS), Legon.

It was a special thanksgiving service to God on behalf of Professor Joshua Alabi, the outgoing First Vice Chancellor of the University.

Before the special thanksgiving service on Friday, the Students Representative Council (SRC), and other student groups had organized events to show their love to the outgoing Vice Chancellor.

Venerable Dr. George Neequaye, Archdeacon of Accra North East Archdeaconry of the Anglican Church was the guest preacher.

As I sat through the ceremony, it became clear to me that staff and students of UPSA were very proud of the achievements of Professor Alabi’s tenure and were also proud to be students and staff of the University.

In his own words, Professor Alabi expressed how he was amazed by the love shown him by students he has put “pressure” on to pay school fees and for the staff who he has “screamed” at to make sure everything is perfectly done so as to meet the University’s goals.

But in all these, students and staff of UPSA have helped in what we can now be called a global university.

Unfortunately, I am not able to show pictures of the then IPS/UPSA and the current transformation that has taken place, but I am very sure both new and old students of IPS/UPSA would attest to the fact that the University has not just grown but it is living to its vision thus,

 “To be the world class education provider in both academic and professional discipline, nationally entrenched, regionally relevant and globally recognized.”

For many doubting Thomases, I believe that a visit to the university would not be a bad idea at all.

Professor Alabi can be described as humble, affable, team player, a visionary team leader, a listening, fair but firm and emphatic leader.

His sterling leadership qualities are not limited to academia, but spans across politics and sports administration.

Even as a student, Prof. Alabi was an Ambassador for Ghanaian students in Europe, holding the positions of:

  • NUGS Europe President from 1985 to 1986,
  • NUGS USSR President for two consecutive terms, that is, from 1983 to 1985.

With over twenty-five (25) years of professional practice, Prof. Alabi has held a number of international, national, institutional and administrative positions.

Now let’s get to know Professor Alabi as told in several publications locally and internationally.

About Professor Joshua Alabi

Prof. Joshua Alabi is an Economist by training and a Marketer by Profession born on 1st March, 1958. He obtained an MSc. in Industrial Economics from Moscow Institute of National Economy Now Russian University of Economics (Plekhanov) in 1986 and an MSc. in International Marketing from the University of Strathclyde, Glasgow, Scotland in 1992, where he was awarded the Moshood Abiola Prize in International Marketing.

Prof. Alabi rose through the ranks as Lecturer, founding Head of the Marketing Department of the University of Professional Studies, Accra (1987 to 1990, 1993 -1997, 2001-2003), Dean of Faculty of Management Studies (2003 to 2005), Pro-Rector (2005 to April 2008), and Acting Rector (April 2008 to December 2008), and became the substantive Rector (January 2009 to September 2012). He also chaired several committees at the University level.

He later became the first Vice-Chancellor of the University from September 2012 to 31st December 2016.

Prof. Joshua Alabi’s contribution to national development, education and the transformation of UPSA has been recognized and celebrated by many.

On 29th October 2016, The President of the Republic of Ghana, His Excellency John Dramani Mahama awarded Prof. Alabi the “Officer of the Order of the Volta” a National award recognizing his contributions to the transformation of UPSA and other national contributions.

In July 2015, Prof. Alabi received another award from the Chartered Institute of Bankers (CIB) in recognition of his contributions towards transforming the former Institute of Professional Studies to a fully-fledged University, and for his excellent performance in the financial landscape.

The All-Africa Students Union in 2013 celebrated him as the Africa Vice-Chancellor of the year for 2013.

In 2012, IMANI Ghana, a policy and accountability think-tank, also recognizing his contributions to the phenomenal change of the University of Professional Studies, Accra named him the Most Influential Public Sector Leader for the year 2012.

That same year (2012), the Chartered Institute of Marketing Ghana (CIMG) awarded him the Marketing Man of the Year, the highest professional recognition in this field.

At the national level, Prof. Alabi has contributed as follows;

  • Chairman for the Board of Trustees for Social Security and National Insurance Trust (SSNIT).
  • Chairman of the Board of Directories – HFC Bank in Ghana.
  • Chairman of the Ghana Book Development Council
  • Chairman of Governing Council of the Accra Polytechnic
  • Member of Ghana National Commission for UNESCO as well as Chairman of the Social Science Committee of UNESCO Commission of Ghana, from May 2009 to 2014.
  • Member of the Governing Council of University of Professional Studies, from 2001-31st December, 2016.

In politics:

  • Professor Alabi was a Member of Parliament for the Krowor Constituency in the Greater Accra Region from 1997 to 2001
  • Minister of State for the Greater Accra and Northern Regions between 1997 and 2001.
  • Chairman of the National Democratic Congress (NDC) political party for the Greater Accra Region from 2001- 2005
  • A member of the Business Committee of Parliament (1997-2001)
  • A member of the Parliamentary select Committee of Food and Agriculture (1997-2001)
  • Chairman of the Regional Security Council for the Greater Accra and Northern Regions (1997-2001)

At the International level, Prof. Alabi was:

  • A Member of the Group of Experts of the Executive Board of UNESCO (Paris) in September 2011,
  • Member of the Executive Committee and Chairs the West Africa Region of the International Association of University Presidents, from June 2011 to date.

In the field of sports, Prof. Alabi has handled the following portfolios:

  • General Secretary, Ghana League Clubs Association (GHALCA) from March 1994 to April 1997.
  • Member, Ghana Football Association’s Management Board (GFA) from 1994-1997.
  • Coordinator, Ghana Black Stars Management Committee, from August 1994 to April 1997.

Additionally, Prof. Alabi has managed countless number of international and national projects successfully and is the Founder and current Board Chairman of the Consumer Advocacy Centre (CAC), Ghana; an Affiliate Member of the Consumers International (Cl) and a Member of the Federation of Consumer Organization (FCO) in 115 countries.

He is also a Member of the Chartered Institute of Marketing, Ghana (CIMG) and a fellow of the Ghana Institute of Taxation.

Another interesting thing about Professor Joshua Alabi is that, he did not need to know your father nor godfather before he considered you in his scheme of things. You just needed to prove to him that you are hardworking and you will be part of his team.

Supportive Wife

It is true when it is said that behind every success man is a woman.  Professor Mrs Goski Alabi can be described as a supportive wife who has been with Professor Joshua Alabi through thick and thin to make UPSA what it is today.

According to Professor Joshua Alabi, Professor Goski suffered a lot of humiliation because of him, “She was attacked and called all sorts of names because of me…” Professor Alabi added during the special thanksgiving service.

And for me, Professor Goski has been the pillar of strength to the out-going Vice Chancellor. She is indeed special to Professor Joshua Alabi.

Professor Goski was duly acknowledged and praised by Professor Joshua Alabi at the special thanksgiving service.

I have interacted with her personally and I must say she is very humble and down to earth.

She is simple, affable, hardworking and respects everyone no matter their social status. A good listener and a team player. But she can make you work, work and work. She is indeed a role model and mentor.

Conclusion

I believe the good Lord has used this great, kind and visionary man to achieve a lot for Ghana, Africa and the world.

This is because one cannot catalogue enough, all he has done, in terms of physical infrastructure, vast improvement in the institution’s enrolment, the expansion and modernisation of the university to keep pace with the quality needs of a 21st Century University, staff capacity building and the development of sound academic programmes at UPSA.

He was always at his desk thinking of how to make UPSA great.

I can only pray for him and his family for God’s guidance, and for God to grant him higher positions of responsibility to prove further his God-given talent as a seasoned administrator and academician.

Congratulations Prof.!

I wish to conclude with Professor Joshua Alabi’s favourite song as sang at the special thanksgiving service by himself.

My faith has found a resting place,

Not in device or creed;

I trust the ever-living One,

His wounds for me shall plead.

Refrain:

I need no other argument,

I need no other plea,

It is enough that Jesus died,

And that He died for me.

By Charles Nii Ayiku Ayiku

The writer is the Chair of Research and New Media of the Institute of Public Relations, Ghana

Email: [email protected]

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Sunyani Technical University admits 1,532 fresh students

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The Sunyani Technical University (STU) has admitted 1,532 fresh students to pursue various programmes with a call to them to be disciplined and go the extra mile to achieve set goals.

Professor Kwadwo Adinkrah-Appiah, the Vice-Chancellor, said they should remain focused and do everything to combine academic excellence with good moral character.

The newly enrolled students were made up of 972 males and 560 females and would be pursuing degree and diploma programmes.

These include Bachelor of Technology (B-Tech), procurement and management, civil engineering, accounting and computing.

Others are Higher National Diploma (HND) in accountancy, building technology, computer science, electronic engineering, business administration and banking technology and accounting.

Prof Adinkrah-Appiah said the conversion of the institution into a technical university had led to significant jump in students’ application, which over the past four years, was on steady decline because of intense competition from both public and private universities.

He hinted of plans to begin four-year degree programmes in applied science and technology, applied arts, business and management studies.

It was only waiting for approval by the National Accreditation Board (NAB) to get going, he added.

Source: GNA | Ghana

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St Augustine’s headmaster reinstated

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The Ghana Education Service (GES) has reinstated Joseph Connel as the headmaster of St Augustine’s College.

Mr. Connel was interdicted in October following a Ministry of Education investigation establishing that he had allegedly charged unapproved fees.

READ: Augusco headmaster interdicted over unapproved fees

SEE ALSO: Augusco PTA backs interdicted head; calls for his immediate reinstatement

A letter written by St Augustine’s Past Students Union (APSU) and sighted by 3news.com expressed gratitude to the GES for its decision to recall Mr. Connel to his post.

The Board of Governors of St Augustine’s College had earlier asked that the interdiction of the School’s headmaster be reversed.

The Board had argued that Mr. Connel’s interdiction was not based on investigations anchored on proper procedure.

The Board said it noted a number of flaws in the whole process including the procedure, the date and time of interdiction and the date and time of the investigation.

It said the whole process was a breach of natural justice.

By Kwame Kakarba|Onua 95.1 FM|3news.com|Ghana

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250 Ghanaian medical students ‘neglected’ in Cuba call for help

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Ghanaian medical students in Cuba have called for immediate restructuring of the Cuban-Ghana medical program after decrying what they termed “maltreatment” suffered under the programme for years.

The 250 students who have spent four years in Cuba studying a 7-year programme in medicine, complained bitterly of government’s neglect, which have compelled many of them to device some unhealthy and demeaning means to survive as they are faced with hunger and dejection.

“We wish to hereby state that enough of the negligence, the disrespect to human dignity, the violation of human rights, enough of the shamelessness, enough of the cruelty under the guise that ‘there are no funds”, the students noted in a memo endorsed by the leadership including its President, Ahmed Hughes; Vice President, Samuel Agamah; and PRO, Abraham B. Buernor.

“For about 8 months this year we have not been paid our monthly stipends, book allowance, health insurance and for our fees and accommodations. We have spoken to government and embassy here but have come to no resolution. It’s quite unbearable now for all students,” Abraham Buernor said in a follow up interview.

Recounting the harsh condition they are faced with at the strict communist state, the students said some of the potential medical doctors have fallen foul of the laws of Cuban because they dared to survive.

They also mentioned the psychological trauma students had to go through, including the inability of the female students to afford sanitary pads for their monthly flow.

The students wondered in the memo, “We are not asking for too much but just what is needed for a human to survive that is if Ghana no longer value the investments she has made, because we all know the consequence of this inhumane treatment.”

The medical students are therefore recommending among others:

  • An immediate overview be done on the Cuban-Ghana medical program. We are also requesting that our stipends be paid as soon as possible, whether it be a privilege or a right. As a matter of fact the argument that Ghanaian students studying abroad have been given a privilege is fundamentally flawed and unintelligent, because what kind of privilege is backed by a legal document.
  • The scholarship secretariat, as an institution of the government, can take loans from banks or from any other place on behalf of the government to pay monies due the Ghana-Cuba Medical Scholarship holders which would be paid later when budget for the secretariat are made available.
  • Scholarship Secretariat can create a heritage fund, an account which could be reached for some of these emergencies thereby reducing the impact of any delays in release of budget for the secretariat.
  • Our monthly maintenance and book allowances could be separated from the total budget due the Cuban government and paid before the others are later paid.

The group of 250 students arrived in Cuba on May 22, 2012 under the administration of late President Prof. John Evans Atta Mills, with the aim of bringing to light the vision of the country in improving delivery of medical services to the Ghanaian population.

By Isaac Essel |3news.com|Ghana

 

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Mahama cuts sod for construction of E/R university

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President John Dramani Mahama on Thursday, December 29 cut sod for the construction of the University of Environment and Sustainable Development at Somanya in the Eastern Region.

This comes in the wake of the approval by Parliament of a £45-million commercial agreement between the government of Ghana and Contractor Costruzioni of Italy.

Parliament had passed a law in October last year for the only university in the Region to be established.

It is one of the key manifesto promises of the National Democratic Congress (NDC) government.

Speaking at the sod-cutting ceremony, President Mahama showered praise on “all those whose efforts and dedication has seen this project from the phase of conception to the present phase of construction”.

According to him, the conception was put into action way back in April 2013 when the National Task Force was inaugurated.

“The duty of the Task Force among others was to develop, organize and supervise the implementation of a programme for the establishment of the university that will focus on addressing the critical environment and sustainable development challenges of our dear nation Ghana.”

The Amoako-Nuamah Committee led the implementation of the report of the Benneh Committee.

Source: 3news.com|Ghana

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Over GHC50 million released to pay feeding grant of teacher trainees

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An amount of 50,532,000 has been released for the payment of feeding grants of students of Colleges of Education throughout the country, the Ministry of Education has said.

The amount, per a statement issued by the Ministry Wednesday and signed by the Head of Public Relations, Dan Osman Mwin, covers the year 2016. It however did not state when the amount was released.

Dozens of teacher trainees besieged the Ministry of Education Wednesday morning to put pressure on the government to pay the feeding grant, which they claimed had not been paid to them.

According to the teacher trainees, promises to pay the grants by President John Dramani Mahama and his Vice, Paa Kwesi Amissah-Arthur, after the scrapping of the trainee allowances have hit a dead end.

“The leadership of teacher trainees has sent several petitions, letters to the Ministry of Education and Ghana Education Service. Several press conferences have been organized. Our leadership has gone ahead even to sleep at the Ministry but ‘something good’ is yet to come out of these efforts,” they claimed.

But the Ministry Wednesday said the amount paid also covers arrears for the second semester of 2014/15 academic year and the first semester of 2015/16 academic year.

“It is significant to also state that request for the outstanding half of the feeding grant for the second semester of the 2015/16 academic year, has been made to the Ministry of Finance and it is receiving the necessary attention,” it pointed out.

By Stephen Kwabena Effah|3news.com|Ghana

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Teacher trainees to picket around GES, MOE over unpaid feeding grants

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The teachers will be posted without appointment letters and wont be allowed to teach as well.

Trainee teachers have registered their anger a number of times against scrapping of their allowances

Some teacher trainees have scheduled Wednesday, December 28 as day on which to picket at the Black Star Square as they march to the Ministry of Education and Ghana Education Service.

Their action will be in protest against the non-payment of their feeding grants.

According to the teacher trainees, promises to pay the grants by President John Dramani Mahama and Vice President Paa Kwesi Amissah-Arthur after the scrapping of the allowances have hit dead end.

“The leadership of teacher trainees has sent several petitions, letters to the Ministry of Education and Ghana Education Service.

“Students have put red bands on their arms to lectures to express our utmost displeasure.

“Several press conferences have been organized. Our leadership has gone ahead even to sleep at the Ministry but ‘something good’ is yet to come out of these efforts.”

In a press release, the teacher trainees asked all others “to come there in their numbers before 8:00am on the said day” to ‘help” them.

Source: 3news.com|Ghana