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SWESCO 1993 Year-Group Congratulates New Headmistress

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The 1993-year-group of the Swedru Senior High School (SWESCO) has congratulated the school’s new headmistress, Mrs Golda Andam Eduah and pledged their support to help her move the school forward.

The new headmistress, a member of the 1993-year-group took office in May 2020.

Leadership capabilities

A statement issued and signed by the President of the 1993- year-group, Mr John Barnett Quaicoo, said the year group believe in the leadership capabilities of the new headmistress and was certain that she would move the school to greater heights.

“We the 1993 year group, your mates pledge our unflinching support to you as you assume your responsibilities as the headmistress of our great school,” it stated.

“We are sure that under your great leadership and with your wisdom and guidance, Swesco will strive to much greater heights and achievements,” it stated.

Excellent choice

It further said it believed Mrs Eduah’s appointment as headmistress was an excellent choice based on her expertise, experience and talent, saying the group was hopeful she would live up to expectation.

“There is a great work ahead of you and we are confident you will rise up to the challenge with our support,” it stated

Mrs Eduah, who was the former Assistant Headmistress of Wesley Girls High School was appointed the Headmistress following the retirement of Mrs Alberta Obirwa Rigg-Stewart.

Mrs Eduah had her secondary education from 1988-1993 at the then Swedru Secondary School, where she obtained a GCE “O” Level certificate.

She trained as a teacher at the OLA College of Education in Cape Coast where she obtained a certificate ‘A’, before proceeding to the University of Education, Winneba for her Bachelor’s degree in Education.

She currently holds a Master of Art degree in English Language from the University of Cape Coast.

Mrs Eduah has taught at St Augustine’s College and Academic of Christ the King, both in Cape Coast. 

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Just in: UG to hold Virtual Graduation Ceremony for Final Year Law Students, Others

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The University of Ghana says it will be holding a virtual graduation ceremony for some graduands at the end of the 2019/2020 academic year.

The arrangement, which will affect final year students in the law school and some others in the medical school, has been necessitated by the partial closure of schools and the risks of congregational activities because of the Covid-19.

Confirming the decision on the Campus Exclusive show on Tuesday, Pro Vice Chancellor (ASA) Prof. Nana Aba Appiah Amfo stated that this was a result of considerations made on peculiar category of students who have certification and professional exams.

“Law for instance, because they have to graduate before they take their entrance exams for the professional school. So for that one I can say there’ll be a virtual graduation… Then for a certain group of medical students that is waiting because if they don’t graduate within a certain maximum number of months they’ll have to retake their examinations,” she intimated.

Prof. Nana Aba Amfo further stated that the management is in progressive discussions on which particular mode of graduation to settle on for the remainder of final year students.

“The Registrar and her team are having discussions and working on making proposals to management on how to carry out graduation ceremonies for the entire class of 2020,” she added

She maintained that the new arrangement comes as a useful replacement for the regular graduation ceremonies which are impossible to hold, at least in the next two months.

Prof. Appiah Amfo added that the feedback from the first set of virtual graduation ceremonies will inform management on whether or not to stick with the arrangement.

“Within the next month or two we really can’t have a physical graduation so we will have some virtual graduation ceremonies and let’s see depending on how well it goes,” she highlighted.

Since the ban on public gatherings and the resultant closure of schools in March this year, there have been concerns about how to hold statutory academic ceremonies including graduation, an important feature on the calendar of universities.

Some universities across the world, including several campuses of the University of California, have already embraced the idea of a virtual graduation ceremonies.

As this novel arrangement increasingly becomes the new normal, the University of Ghana looks to break the ceiling within the West African sub-region by holding the first virtual commencement ceremony.

Story by: Manuel Koranteng and Joylyne Oko-Matey

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The Reduction Of Study Disruptions – Daily Graphic

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On Monday, June 15, 2020, schools and universities will reopen to allow final-year junior high school (JHS), senior high school (SHS) and university students to recommence studies in order for them to prepare for their respective final examinations.

The decision was taken after weeks of consultations and reviews between the government and relevant stakeholders with the various teacher unions.   

As part of the enhanced response to the COVID-19 pandemic, final-year university students are to report to their universities on June 15; final-year SHS students, together with SHS 2 Gold Track students, on June 22, and final-year JHS students on June 29.

JHS 3 classes will have a maximum of 30 students; SHS 3 classes a maximum of 25 students, while university lectures will take place with half the class sizes.

We do appreciate the President’s directive that all final-year students of educational and training organizations which are not managed by the Education Ministry, but managed by other ministries must return to school on June 15 to complete their final examinations.

We are equally happy that in reopening the schools, efforts are being made to protect the students and teachers and maintain safety and health protocols, including the fumigation and disinfection of institutions, while each student, teacher and non-teaching member of staff will be provided with re-usable face masks by the Ministry of Education. 

As the COVID-19 pandemic continues to spread in many countries and poses a serious threat to our health, security and lives, while schools and universities face unprecedented challenges with closures, there is the need to minimise learning disruptions.

That is why we at the Daily Graphic wish to commend the President and all stakeholders for the measures so far put in place to reopen schools in phases and hope that all concerned will play their expected roles dutifully.

We are also aware of the issue about infrastructure or facilities and want to believe that these will be adequate, so that both the student and the teacher are not exposed to any danger.

While commending them, we also want to believe that the necessary steps will be taken to ensure that the children who will remain at home receive the maximum of educational instruction, taking into consideration the fact that not all parents can acquire the smart tools required to take their children through the online or virtual education.

Since the closure of schools, classroom instructions have been moved subsequently to parents’ homes through the Internet or via virtual means.

For some time now, virtual schools have become an alternative to popular traditional, brick-and-mortar schools and advocates promote the former as a way for kids to complete lessons at their own pace in almost any location.

Unfortunately, in an economy which hasn’t been able to provide electricity for all parts of the country, and where only a privileged few have access to the Internet, the objective of getting schoolchildren to complete schoolwork at their own pace and from any location is difficult.

Even where there is electricity, there are often disruptions or interference with Internet connectivity. 

Also, apart from very well-to-do parents whose children have access to laptops or computers and smart phones, in most cases, parents or guardians themselves do not have access to these smart gadgets, not to talk of making same available to their children or wards.

The Daily Graphic shares in the fears expressed by some parents regarding the use and possible crowding in dormitories and, therefore, the inability of their children to observe physical distancing protocols.

We are also aware that some school parks have been converted into satellite markets, and it will, therefore, be impossible for schools and the markets to operate from the same environment.

We want to believe that those responsible for ensuring that the fumigation is done within schools will see to that, as directed by the President, to create a healthy environment and make parents relax concerning the safety of their children.

Source: Daily Graphic

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Teachers to Pay GHS100 Each As Licensing Fee

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In-Service Teachers are to pay a fee of Ghs100 each for licensure.

The various Teachers Unions constituted by GNAT, NAGRAT, CCT-GH, publicized this in a statement dated June 7, 2020.

The statement mutually signed by the General Secretary of GNAT, Thomas T. Musah, Eric A. Carbonu, President of NAGRAT, and King Ali Awudu, President of CCT-GH, says the decision was taken by the National Teaching Council (NTC) following a meeting with the pre-tertiary Education Unions and relevant bodies.

The statement says the amount would be deducted from the Ghs 1,200 allowance for every professional teacher and the Ghs 600 allowance for every non-professional teacher.

Source: Daily Guide

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Ghana Tops the Chart among Countries Benefiting from CoL Online Scholarships

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Three Ghanaians – Enoch Adjei, Hamadu Hassan and Anane Vida completed 102, 94 and 61 courses respectively and emanated the as no.1 learners on the Commonwealth of Learning (CoL) Massive Open Online Courses (MOOCs) scholarship programme.

Through the Ghana Library Authority, Ghana joined three other countries to benefit from the Commonwealth of Learning scholarship programme. Other countries include Rwanda, Bangladesh and Kenya.

The Ghana Library Authority in collaboration with CoL signed 3,400 Ghanaians up for the Read2Skill project to study any of the over 5000 systematized courses at no cost. 2,078 out of the 3,400 beneficiaries are active learners who have earned a total of 3054 certificates.

Speaking on the achievement, the Executive Director of the Ghana Library Authority, Mr. Hayford Siaw stated, “I am very glad that Ghanaians have taken the Read2Skill very seriously, however, I am not really surprised at the figures. Seeing the enthusiasm Ghanaians showed after the launch of Read2Skill, it was expected that they take it seriously as they have.”

“I would like to encourage Ghanaians who have received the licenses but have not started learning – to do so and start benefiting from the courses available or risk their offer being invoked and given to others on the waiting list” he said.

The Ghana Library Authority launched the Read2skill project to offer 1000 online scholarships to Ghanaians, early this year.

Many Ghanaians accepted the project gladly, and within a few weeks, the Authority received more than 30,000 applications. Due to the large number of applications, the Commonwealth of Learning offered 2400 more scholarship slots, making a total of 3400 which are currently been utilized by the successful applicants to acquire new skills.

Source: newsghana.com.gh

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UPSA: How to Obtain Documents from the Academic Affairs Directorate

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The University of Professional Studies, Accra will reopen on January 04, 2021
UPSA

PROCEDURES FOR OBTAINING DOCUMENTS FROM THE ACADEMIC AFFAIRS DIRECTORATE

Find below the procedures for obtaining essential documents from the Academic Affairs Directorate of the University of Professional Studies, Accra


A. REQUEST FOR LETTER OF ATTESTATION

1. Pay 5 Ghana cedis at ACCESS BANK or Pay on INTERPAY MoMo

2. Disburse in INTERPAY to attestation.

3. Print out the disbursement statement from INTERPAY.

4. Send disbursement statement with a letter for attestation to this e-mail: [email protected] 

5. You will receive notification email when it is ready.

B. REQUEST FOR ENGLISH PROFICIENCY

1. Pay 10 Ghana cedis at ACCESS BANK or Pay on INTERPAY MoMo

2. Disburse in INTERPAY to English proficiency.

3. Print out disbursement statement from INTERPAY.

4. Send disbursement statement and a letter for English proficiency to this e-mail: profic[email protected] 

5. You will receive notification email when it is ready.

C. REQUEST FOR TRANSCRIPT

1. Pay 20 Ghana cedis at ACCESS BANK for a complete set. (Any extra copy is 10 Ghana cedis).

2. Disburse in INTERPAY to transcript.

3. Print out disbursement statement from INTERPAY.

4. Send disbursement statement to this e-mail: [email protected]

5. You will receive notification email when it is ready.

D. REQUEST FOR INTRODUCTORY LETTER

1. Pay 10 Ghana cedis at ACCESS BANK.

2. Disburse in INTERPAY to introductory letter.

3. Print out disbursement statement from INTERPAY.

4. Send disbursement statement with a letter for introductory letter to this e-mail: [email protected] 

5. You will receive notification email when it is ready.

E. REQUEST FOR DEFERMENT

Any request for deferment must be sent to: [email protected]  

F. REQUEST FOR CERTIFICATE

1. Send request to [email protected]  or [email protected] with the following:

2. Proof of payment of graduation fee from INTERPAY.

3. Ensure that you have obtained all your entry certificates -i.e.-May/June WASSCE certificate and/or WASSCE NOV/DEC certificate etc.

4. For students with Professional Qualifications-they must obtain a verification of transcript letter from the Professional Bodies

5. You will receive notification email on the day to pick-up certificate.
NB: Please note that we do not post certificates.

G. GENERAL ISSUES

1. All Academic related issues/complaints should be sent to: [email protected] or WhatsApp 0208162798 

2. All non-academic related issues/complaints should be sent to the Dean of Students: [email protected] or call 0549135255

For Faculty / Departmental issues, please contact the following officers

S/NNameFacultyContactEmail
1Mr.  Kwasi Offei-KwafoAccounting & Finance0244519915[email protected]
2Mr. Bob Nakuku BaduonInformation Tech & Comm Studies0243225843[email protected]
3Mrs. Beatrice AdjapongManagement Studies0208522646[email protected]
4Mr. Samuel MensahGraduate School0559392800[email protected]
5Mrs. Leticia AkyeampongLaw0244220106[email protected]
Department
6Mr. Michael  K. AkuokoMarketing0243666893[email protected]
7Mrs. Leticia GagakumaBanking & Finance0208584713[email protected]
8Ms. Vivian GbadeAccounting0243246490[email protected]
9Ms. Harriet AdzowuBusiness Administration0209117410[email protected]
10Mrs. Belinda Adzomani Diapim                                 Communication Studies0243154251[email protected]
11Mrs. Sadia MahamaInformation Technology0268266366[email protected]
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Amazing Facts and History of Aburi Girl’s SHS (ABUGISS)

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Aburi Girls also known as ABUGISS is an all-girls senior high school, founded in 1946 by the Presbyterian Church of Ghana located in the beautiful hills of Aburi. The school runs a full boarding house facility. Aburi Girls’ also falls in Category A of schools usually referred to as the best senior high schools.

The school has two compounds connected with an overhead bridge. It is one of the dream schools for many prospective high school girls. They are very much affiliated to PRESEC Legon who are their boys.

MOTTO:
“Bepo so Hann” – a local phrase which means Light on the Hill

LOCATION:
The school is in the eastern region of Ghana, precisely in the Akuapim South District. And easy drive from Accra is through the Madina-Aburi road.

HOUSES:
Students in senior high schools are grouped into houses, which promote healthy competition, communal activities, and identity. There are eight houses in ABUGISS namely:

  1. Aberdeen House
  2. Barradale House
  3. Chapel House
  4. Edinburgh House
  5. Irene Anderson House
  6. Royal Park House
  7. Sylvia Asempa House
  8. Kilsyth House

COURSES OFFERED:
Aburi Girls SHS does not offer all courses or programmes. The following are the courses offered as of 2019:

NOTABLE ALUMNI:
Some notable old girls of ABUGISS as much as we know include:

Aburi Girls alumni
  • H.E. Ernestina Naadu Mills
    (former first lady of Ghana)
  • Vida Akoko-Bamfo
    (retired Supreme Court Judge)
  • Gloria Akuffo
    (Attorney General, current)
  • Dr. Elsie Effah Kaufmann
    (quiz mistress, National Science & Math Quiz)
  • Senyuiedzorm Awusi Adadevoh
    (Award-winning sports photojournalist)
  • Deloris Frimpong Manso
    (TV Host & Producer)
  • Ivy Barley
    (Co-founder & CEO of Developers in Vogue)
  • Edith Dita Schandorf
    (CEO, Bloomings Africa)
  • Poetra Asantewa
    (Editor, musical artist)
  • Adwoa A. Amoako Adjei Esq
    (Lawyer)
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Very sad as 21-year-old dies of COVID-19, Ghana’s death toll at 48

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COVID19

A 21-year old male in the Ashanti Region with no underlying health condition has died of the coronavirus disease.He was among the four new deaths that were recorded and pushed Ghana’s COVID-19 death toll to 48.

The others include a 45-year-old man who was battling Diabetes and Hepatitis B, a 70-year old woman with Hypertension, and a 63-year old man with Renal Impairment.

These deaths all happened in the Ashanti Region.

Meanwhile, Ghana’s case count for the novel coronavirus is now 9,910 as of Monday June 8, 2020 after 272 new infections were confirmed.

An additional 9 people have been declared to have recovered after treatment, bringing Ghana’s recovery toll to 3,645.

Regional Distribution of cases

Greater Accra Region – 6,436

Ashanti Region – 1,734

Western Region – 769

Central Region – 489

Eastern Region – 166

Volta Region – 102

Western North Region – 74

Upper East Region – 42

Northern Region – 37

Oti Region – 28

Upper West Region – 22

Bono East Region – 7

North East Region – 2

Savannah Region – 1

Bono Region – 1

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Facts and History of Labone Senior High School (LABOSCO)

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Labone Senior High School was started in January 1947 at La “Abormi” as La Bone College. The motto was then “Think And Fly”. The name La Bone College was first changed in November 1957 to Ghana College.

Currently, it is known as Labone Senior High School. Labone SHS has led in many inter school sports and academic competitions including Ghana Independence Match (1990–2015).

In 1949, six illustrious sons of our country saw the need to establish an educational institution to cater for the educational needs of the young people staying around Osu, La and its environs.

A private school was therefore established at Ako Adjei Area. At Independence, the first President of Ghana, Dr. Kwame Nkrumah in line with his lofty ideas on rapid socio economic development embarked on a widespread expansion of educational facilities. In view of that the Ghana Education Trust Fund was instituted and charged with the construction of school buildings throughout the country.

LABONE SENIOR HIGH was one of such schools. THE SIGNIFICANCE OF THE STATUES (SCULPTURE PIECES)

On entry into Labone Senior High School, one is greeted with a statue of a gong-gong beater to the right and a horn-blower to the left on a serenely beautiful lawn. The statues are in fact an extension of a hand of welcome as well as an invitation to seek knowledge and academic excellence, essential ingredients for the development of one’s personality.

In front of classroom block B is a sculpture piece comprising a boy, a girl and a tutor impacting knowledge to the students who are listening attentively.

This statue is a monument, which was constructed in honour of the founding fathers of the school in the persons of: Rev Dr. Martei Markwei Mr. Alphesus K.A Johnson Dr. John Spencer Bilson Mr. Joseph AndohKesson Dr. Ebenezer Ako Adjei Mr. Daniel A.K Sowah Mr. Okwei Mensah Finally in front of the Assembly Hall, is a statue of a successful graduate who is proudly displaying a certificate with hands raised in excitement.

THE CREST OF LABONE SENIOR HIGH SCHOOL-COMPOSITION, MEANING AND SYMBOLISM The crest was designed by Nii Amon Kotei a senior citizen and national award winner who also designed the Ghana coat of arms.

The crest of the school is a shield divided into four quarters with strong fishing rope running horizontally and vertically. Each of the four quarters carries an appropriate motive Top right-hand corner:

The early appearance of the SUN in the East: This depicts “Make hay while the sun shines” Top left-hand quarter: A crossed pen and torch light on an open book: this depicts “the pen is mightier than the sword” The bottom left-hand quarter: A crossed pick axe and cutlass: This depicts “Dignity in labour”

The bottom left hand quarter: The oil palm tree is a wonder plant which symbolizes usefulness and productivity (Labone Senior High School students should therefore be productive and useful in all aspects of life, wherever they find themselves).

CHRONOLOGY OF HEADS OF LA BONE SENIOR HIGH SCHOOL (SINCE IT BECAME A GOVERNMENT ASSISTED SCHOOL)

Rev (Dr.) S. Gyasi Nimako……………….1955 – 1961 Mr. R. Lomo Jones………………………….1961 – 1968 Mr. E. A Lamptey……………………………1968 – 1982 Mr. Bossman Owusu – Ayim…………..1982 – 1990 Mr. D. H. K. Ofosu………………………….1990 Mr. Peter Owusu – Donkor……………1990 – 1995 Mrs Cecilia Aggrey – Mensah………….1995 – 2003 Mrs. Joyce Ossei – Agyekum……………2003 – 2013 Mrs. Mary Amankwah……………………2013 – 2014 Ms. Kate Bannerman…………………….2014 – 2017 Mrs. Cynthia Obuo Nti…………………..2017 – present.

By Henry Amoako

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Admissions: List of UG Courses 2020/21 and Requirements

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Education is vital, and nations know this too well. As one of the most-diversified and well-equipped universities in Ghana, the University of Ghana offers some of the most influential degree courses, which are massively recognized not only in Africa but also in the entire world. After all, it is learning from the best that makes one a guru. The institution of higher learning is a centre of excellence and meeting point for Ghana’s intellectuals, people that shape the country economic, financial and economic landscape. So, among the University of Ghana courses, which one should you choose? Sure, it is an affluent learning institution, but you ought to choose something relevant to your interest to make your studies worthwhile.

University of Ghana Courses
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Industry and market demand for skilled personnel are making learning institutions scramble for whatever share they can have of Ghana’s population. Hence, colleges and universities are cropping everywhere, and the existent ones are expanding by establishing satellite campuses. And the admission requirements are growing every day as well.

Therefore, you ought to realize the University of Ghana courses and requirements if you are looking to get admitted at this learning institution. You cannot miss a degree program that will pave the way to your future – building a deep foundation in your desired profession.

University of Ghana courses

The University of Ghana is the most prominent institution of higher learning in Ghana. It was founded on August 11, 1948, and has grown to become one of the best universities in Ghana. The university has pioneered numerous research initiatives that have yielded a positive outcome in Ghana and the rest of Africa.

The university’s vision and mission are a clear depiction of its intent to bestow the best education and skills to Ghanaian students looking to grow their career. Now, the University of Ghana courses are the most revered and respected in the industry because of their skilled nature.

The University of Ghana runs a collegiate system that comprises diverse courses. What are University of Ghana courses and cut off points?

Undergraduate courses

Anyone looking to get admitted for a degree course at the University of Ghana ought to have the following minimum qualifications:

  • Credits (A1 – C6 in WASSCE and A – D in SSSCE) in English, Core Mathematics and Integrated Science (for Science-related programmes) or Social Studies (for non-Science related programmes)
  • Three elective subjects in science for applicants applying to science or agriculture-related disciplines or three elective subjects in General Arts/Business for applicants applying to non-Science related disciplines.
  • Science applicants ought to possess a Grade C6 in WASSCE/D in SSSCE in Social Studies/ life skills, and non-Science applicants should also have at least a grade C6 in WASSCE/D IN SSSCE in Integrated Science/Core Science.

One can apply for different undergraduate courses taught under various colleges under the university.

College of Health Sciences

Any student looking to apply for one of these University of Ghana courses ought to pass an interview or an entrance examination. Of course, each course has distinct requirements on top of the one discussed above for one to be considered.

  • Bachelor of Medicine and Bachelor of Surgery
  • Bachelor of Dental Surgery
  • Doctor of Pharmacy
  • Bachelor of Science in Dietetics
  • Bachelor of Science in Medical Laboratory
  • Bachelor of Science in Occupational Therapy
  • Bachelor of Science in Physiotherapy
  • Bachelor of Science in Radiography
  • Bachelor of Science in Respiratory Therapy
  • Bachelor of Science in Nursing with options in:

General Nursing

Community Health Nursing

Paediatric Nursing

Mental Health Nursing

Bachelor of Science in Midwifery

College of Basic and Applied Sciences

Students in this field use scientific theories to come up with new inventions and technologies that apply to society. They research various issues affecting the community at large and come up with developments to help solve these issues. All the programmes in the College of Basic and Applied Sciences are first choice courses.

  • Bachelor of Science in Physical Sciences
  • Bachelor of Science in Mathematical Sciences
  • Bachelor of Science in Earth Sciences
  • Bachelor of Science in Information Technology
  • Bachelor of Science in Biological Sciences
  • Bachelor of Science in Psychology
  • Bachelor of Science in Agriculture
  • Bachelor of Science in Family and Consumer Sciences (Food and Clothing)
  • Bachelor of Science in Family and Consumer Sciences (Family and Child Studies)
  • Bachelor of Science in Agriculture Engineering
  • Bachelor of Science in Computer Engineering
  • Bachelor of Science in Biomedical Engineering
  • Bachelor of Science in Food Processing Engineering
  • Bachelor of Science in Material Science Engineering
  • Doctor of Veterinary Medicine

College of Humanities

University of Ghana Courses
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This is one of the best University of Ghana Legon courses that teach creative thinking skills. Such aptitudes give students the chance to perform well in other academic areas. Every course in this college possesses distinct admission requirements on top of the minimum criteria mentioned above.

It constitutes the University of Ghana business school courses, school of social sciences, schools of law and school of performing arts.

  • Bachelor of Arts
  • Bachelor of Science in Business Administration
  • Bachelor of Laws (LLB)
  • Bachelor of Fine Arts

College of Education

Students here are equipped with teaching skills. The discipline moulds ideal teachers, perfect for Ghana’s learning institutions.

  • BA Education (English)
  • BA Education (Non-Teaching)
  • BA Sport and Physical Culture Studies
  • B.Sc. Education (Mathematics)
  • B.Sc. Education (Biology)
  • B.Sc. Education (Chemistry)
  • B.Sc. Education (Physics)
  • Bachelor of Science in Business Administration
  • Bachelor of Arts
  • Bachelor of Science in Information Technology
  • Bachelor of Science in Nursing

Postgraduate courses

The University of Ghana offers meaningful masters or doctoral degrees at the School of Graduate Studies. You can access their over fifty University of Ghana courses. Anyone interested in these programs and did not graduate from the University of Ghana ought to supply the following papers:

  • Bachelors’ Degree Certificate and Transcript (for those applying for Masters’ Degree programmes)
  • Masters’ Degree Certificate and Transcript (for those applying for PhD programmes)
  • Three referees’ reports are required (provide the details of the referees online)
  • PhD applicants should attach their research proposals to the application (Not more than four pages)

All the university’s master’s programmes are grouped under the College of Humanities, College of Education, College of Education and Applied Sciences and College of Health Sciences. You can access various programs offered by the different schools.

Other University of Ghana courses

University of Ghana Courses
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The University of Ghana also offers international courses and has a distance learning department. Every year, many international students from various countries attend the university to access their holistic education. Any student interested in applying for international courses shouldn’t buy an e-voucher but ought to use a unique link available on the school’s website.

Under the university’s distance learning program, interested candidates can access life-long learning. Through this platform, people can pursue adult education, which they can choose from the school’s ten regional centres.

Also, the University of Ghana has a Graduate Entry Medical program under the School of Medicine and Dentistry.

You can choose from a variety of University of Ghana courses to earn strong skills in your desired profession. Ascertain that you familiarise with the entry requirements before applying for a course to avoid disappointments halfway.

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GES Boss Warns Schools not to organize Church Services in Classrooms

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Following President Akufo-Addo’s permission for schools to be reopened on Monday, June 15, the Director-General of the Ghana Education Service (GES), Professor Opoku Amankwa has cautioned religious leaders in schools, popularly known as chaplains not to hold any church services in classrooms.

According to the timetable released by the Education Service, the final year students will have a four-hour constant lecture as they prepare for their forthcoming final exams.

The government as part of measures to protect the students against the novel virus has assured to disinfect and fumigate all the senior high schools throughout the country before the reopening date.

It additionally said washable reusable nose/face masks with Personal Protective Equipment (PPEs) will be distributed to the students and school administrators.

The Director-General speaking in an interview on Peace FM’s ‘Kokrokoo’ show stated that pastors are no more invited to use the classrooms after school hours end for any type of church services or activity.

”if we allow a lot of people to come close to the school children and something happens, it will be difficult to know how it occurred. In a case where the health Professionals want to do the tracing, it will be difficult but if the child comes from school to the home, you’ll be able to do the tracing”. he said.

Source: Georgeweb.org

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Facts and History of Sonrise Christian High School (SOHISCO)

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Sonrise Christian High School Ho is a privately runsenior high school located in Ho, in the Volta Region of Ghana. We are widely regarded as the best private high school in the Volta Region with a current student population of about 400.

Sonrise Christian High School is sited on a 16 acre land, off the Ho- Aflao road and our campus provides a serene learning environment to students. We offer both boarding and day options for prospective students.

We are GES approved and WAEC accredited with our own center number that allows us to write the WASSCE on our own campus. Among our state of the arts facilities are spacious classrooms, comfortable dormitories, brand new schools, 60 KVA back-up plant, and mechanized bore hole.

Sonrise Christian High School is affiliated to the Church of Christ. We are committed to transforming the lives of young people academically, spiritually, morally and physically. We believe that to provide total quality education is to reach out to the mind, body and soul of young people

Though Sonrise Christian High School is a Church of Christ affiliated school, it is open to all qualified students without any religious, tribal or economic prejudice. We do however expect all boarding students to attend Sunday morning church services and all scheduled devotional sessions.


Mission Statement

To provide top quality Christian Education sthat instills in young people in Ghana, the fear of God, the desire to reach their highest potential and a commitment to service.

Vision

To become a nationally recognized Christian school that provides high class education in a cross cultural and diverse environment, that grooms the next generation of servant leaders.


History

Sonrise Christian High School was established by Joseph and Jennifer Dzamesi, in partnership with Ray and Cam Boatright on October 3rd, 2005. Although Sonrise Christian High School started in 2005, Sonrise Christian International school, which is a basic school was established in the year 1990. Sonrise basic quickly grew to become one of the best basic schools in the Volta Region.

Joseph was then finishing his education in the USA. In the year 2000, Joseph had a phone conversation with Ray Boatright.

As part of the discussion, they discussed how well the basic school was doing and all the awards they were winning. Joseph suggested that with how well the basic school was doing, it was important that it was extended to the high school level.

Ray thought it was a good idea, but suggested that it was only possible if Joseph was willing to move back home and get it started. Little did they both know that that little discussion would snowball into Sonrise Christian High School as we know it today.

Sonrise Christian High School started with 132 students and with three programmes – General Science, General Arts, and Business (accounting Option). We started with two buildings, each building with four (4) rooms. In the eight rooms, we managed to host about eighty students on campus, create place for classes and had a room that served as office.

Today, Sonrise Christian High School is the best private high school in the Volta Region.

Below is the chronology of how Sonrise Christian High School Started.

  • 2000 – Initial discussion between Joseph Dzamesi and Ray Boatright
  • 2001 – Joseph Dzamesi wrote the first proposal for Sonrise Christian High School
  • 2001- Fundraising began and a 15 acre land was purchased in Ghana for the school
  • 2003 October Joseph arrived in Ghana
  • 2004 October – Togbe Afede XIV cut sod for construction of Sonrise High to start
  • 2004 -November – Construction of Sonrise High started

October 3rd, 2005 – Sonrise Christian High School opened to students with three programs: General Arts, General Science and Business (Accounting Options)

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Re-opening: GNACOPS Begins Nationwide Sale of COVID-19 Testing Thermometers

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As part of following the basic protocols in sustaining and containing the spread of the COVID-19 pandemic, the Ghana National Council of Private Schools with management support of P2S GHANA LIMITED has sourced best quality infrared thermometers to help all institutions at their various offices across the country at a reduced cost.

The infrared thermometer is used to measure the temperature of human body without touching human body. -it provides accurate measurement of body temperature and very convienient as compared to the traditional mercury thermometer.

They are compact, lightweight, and easy to use -it is also fast and provides accurate temperature readings easy to read and very hygienic.

NOTE: temperature measurements should be taken from a distance and avoid close contact COST: comes at a cost of GHC395.00 Kindly use this link (www.gnacopsgh.com/shop) to make your order Nationwide distribution starts from Monday 8th June, 2020.

At all GNACOPS REGIONAL OFFICES AND NATIONAL SECRETARIAT AT ATOMIC ENERGY COMMISSION. Thank you. Let’s fight this COVID 19 VIRUS TOGETHER WITH DETERMINATION AND PRAYERS.

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‘Don’t Issue Prospectus to Any Student or Parents’ – GES Boss

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Director-General of the Ghana Education Service, Professor Kwasi Opoku Amankwa.

Professor Kwasi Opoku-Amankwa, Director-General of the Ghana Education Service (GES) has urged schools not to send prospectuses to parents or guardians.


The Director raised a concern that some schools have given a prospectus to parents of some wards since the reopening of schools.


Professor Opoku-Amankwa Speaking in an interview with Kwami Sefa Kayi on “Kokrokoo” by Peace FM, stated that no school, especially public schools, has been authorized by the Education Service to give parents a prospectus.


The Director-General has therefore warned the head of the schools involved in the practice to refrain from such illegal acts with immediate effect.

Professor Opoku-Amankwa seconded that “Nobody has directed them to do so, adding that any Head of school found guilty will be in trouble.

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TTU releases 2020/2021 Second Semester Academic Calendar

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takoradi technical university photo via kuulpeeeps.com
takoradi technical university photo via kuulpeeeps.com

The academic calendar for the 2nd semester has been changed…again…sigh.

Upon the government’s instruction, all final year students have been told to go back to campus in order to finish up academic work.

Here is the new second semester academic calendar the university’s committee has revised and approved for final year students only:

DETAILDATE
Re-Opening DateMonday, 15th June, 2020
Lectures BeginTuesday 16th June, 2020
Deadline for Submission of Second Semester Examination Questions  Monday, 8th June, 2020
Mid-Semester Examination M.Tech and B.Tech. Programmes-HND, Professional Dip, Dip. Tech & Diploma  Assignments & Quizzes   Assignments & Quizzes
Lectures EndThu. 16th July, 2020
End of Second Semester Examination M.Tech and B.Tech. ProgrammesHND, Prof. Dip & Dip Tech & Diploma  Fri. 17th July to Sun. 26th July, 2020 Mon. 20th July to Fri.  31st  July, 2020
Students DepartSat. 1st August, 2020
Industrial Attachment Commences 
Deadline of Submission of Project WorkFri. 7th August, 2020
Deadline of Submission of Second Semester 2019/2020 Examination Result  Fri. 28th August, 2020
Departmental Award MeetingTue. 8th September, 2020
Faculty Award MeetingWed. 16th September, 2020
Re-sit Examination (2019/2020)Mon. 5th October, 2020
Re-Opening (2020/2021 Academic Year)Mon. 21st September, 2020
Deadline for Submission of Resit Examination Results (final years only)  Tue. 20th October, 2020

Looks like school is fully back in session, well for some of us at least.

Source: Kuulpeeps.com

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Final-year Student of Eguafo SHS Arrested for Kidnapping

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An 18-year old final year student of Eguafo Senior High school (SHS) in the Komenda-Edina-Eguafo- Abrem (KEEA) Municipality of the Central Region is in the grips of the police for kidnapping.

The Police is also on a man hunt for two other accomplices who are currently on the run.

The student, whose name was given as Daniel Wallace together with his accomplices, kidnapped two children aged five and six years respectively at Komenda on Thursday June 04 and demanded an amount of ¢8,000 from their parents.

Narrating the incident to the Ghana News Agency, Assembly Member for Kisi Electoral Area, Paul Arkorful indicated that one of the kidnapped children was a nephew of Daniel.

He said on Thursday June 04, he received a distress call from the Police about the kidnapping of two children at Komenda.

According to him, the Police implored the community leaders to make announcements at their information centres and also help apprehend the perpetrators.

Mr Arkorful said with the help of the Queen Mother of Kissi, Nana Efua Badu II, the Police CID and the community leaders, Daniel was arrested but he refused to mention the names or his two accomplices.

On how Daniel was apprehended, he said a Police Woman posed as mother of one of the kidnapped children and bargained for the amount to be reduced on phone.

According to him, she bargained with the kidnappers until the amount was reduced to ¢500 and the kidnappers provided a mobile money number for the money to be paid into.

He said the Police contacted MTN for that number to be blocked after the money had been paid and subsequently traced the owner of number to Kissi where Daniel was arrested on Sunday June 06.

The Assembly member expressed worry about the increasing level of crimes in the community and called for police patrols in the Area.

The Central Region Police Public Relations Officer, DSP Irene Oppong confirmed the arrest of the suspect, saying further investigations were on- going.

Credit: GNA

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‘Mfantsipim School to Appoint New Headmaster’ – MOBA Ebusuapanyin clarifies

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Mfantsipim School

The following is a statement issued by the Ebusuapanyin of Mfantsipim Old Boys Association (MOBA) to clarify matters relating to the appointment of a new Headmaster for the school.

STATEMENT ON THE APPOINTMENT OF HEADMASTER FOR MFANTSIPIM

With the imminent retirement of the Headmaster, Mr. Manfred Barton-Oduro, it has become necessary to have the vacancy filled. Mfantsipim has always stood for excellence and it has always been a pacesetter.

Building on the vision and sacrifices of Methodist missionaries and the sweat and toil of staff, and with the immeasurable contributions of Old Boys, parents and guardians and other well-wishers, Mfantsipim has had most of its Headmasters being Old Boys.

The Methodist Church Ghana (M.C.G.) accordingly engaged the MOBA NEC on the issue of the pending appointment of a new Mfantsipim Headmaster.

The Presiding Bishop and the Ebusuapanyin of MOBA were both present at all the meetings, and agreed to work together to find the best possible headmaster who would preferably be an Old Boy. In response to the church’s request, a couple of letters were written by MOBA to the Presiding Bishop nominating qualified Old Boys.

The pursuit of excellence and the desire to have an Old Boy as Headmaster have not often coincided. In the past, being an Old Boy of the School has been a pre-condition for a Headmaster of Mfantsipim as against excellence – this has drastically compromised both the educational and managerial standards at Mfantsipim.

But over the past several months, a healthy but passionate discussion has ensued on various Old Boy platforms on what should carry the day if excellence and being an Old Boy do not coincide in a candidate. In that event, should the preferred candidate be the best available or should he be the Old Boy?

This once-in-a-century dilemma is now confronting Mfantsipim, a Government-assisted Mission School with a very influential Old Boys’ Association.

As part of the selection process for a suitable candidate, the Methodist Church invited participation from MOBA in an interview for the selection of a Headmaster for Mfantsipim on Thursday 14th May, 2020 at the Methodist Headquarters Conference Room.

There were three (3) candidates – two (2) Old Boys and one (1) non-Old Boy and the interview panel was made up of the following:

  • The Most Rev. Paul Boafo – Presiding Bishop, M.C.G. (Chairman)
  • Prof. Ato Essuman – Methodist University
  • The Very Rev. Naana Danyame – Gen Manager of Schools, M.C.G.
  • The Very Rev. Godwyll – Head of HR, M.C.G. & an Mfantsipim Old Boy.
  • The Very Rev. Abraham Osei-Donkor Supt Minister, M.C.G.
  • Capt. Paul Forjoe – MOBA
  • Anis Haffar- MOBA
  • Prof. Phillip Bondzi-Simpson – MOBA

The MOBA team, led by the undersigned as Ebusuapanyin, included Mr Anis Haffar, a well-respected Educationist and Prof Philip Bondzi-Simpson the Rector of GIMPA.

The MOBA Representatives attended the joint Methodist Church/MOBA interview sessions for the three candidates with the brief that MOBA supported an Old Boy.

The representatives also took the view that they would still favour an Old Boy if the non-Old Boy was not evaluated overwhelmingly ahead of the Old Boy.

The representatives conveyed these as the wishes of MOBA National to the eight-member interview panel. The panel of fair-minded professionals thereon proceeded to conduct the interviews and assessments of the interviewees on merit as the first step.

The results of the merit evaluation unanimously and by a significant margin favoured the non-Old Boy, Reverend Ebenezer K. Aidoo.

Accordingly, the best candidate was presented for appointment.

But MOBA remains committed to both excellence and to having an excellent Old Boy head the School. Consequently, heeding the requests of MOBA National, the following is to be formally agreed with the Church:

  1. That Rev Ebenezer Aidoo shall serve for a term of four (4) years with all the support that MOBA traditionally gives the School.
  2. That MOBA National shall set out key performance indicators (KPIs) for consideration and adoption by the Governing Board.
  3. The Governing Board-approved KPIs shall be used to assess the performance of the Headmaster at the end of the initial term.
  4. Henceforth, KPIs shall be used for the annual performance appraisal of all Headmasters.
  5. MOBA will use its considerable clout on the School to ensure quarterly meetings of the School’s Governing Board to guide and provide oversight to Management.
  6. Leadership development and succession planning should be priority areas for MOBA National in order to ensure excellence in Mfantsipim Headmasters. The School must reclaim and exceed its glory years.
  7. MOBA National shall put in place modalities for upgrading, grooming and building the capacity of a pool of excellent and suitable candidates to occupy the post of Mfantsipim Headmaster in future.
  8. Suitable Old boys will be given the opportunity to contest for the position of Mfantsipim Headmaster after the term of Rev. Aidoo.

Source: Graphic Online

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Fact and History of Tweneboah Kodua Senior High School

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HISTORY OF TWENEBOAH KODUA SENIOR HIGH SCHOOL

HISTORY OF TWENEBOA KODUA SENIOR HIGH SCHOOL KUMAWU –ASHANTI

1951 Accelerated Development Plan for Education

This first nationalist government led by Dr. Kwame Nkrumah assumed office in 1951 with promulgation of a new constitution. In August that same year, the Nkrumah government introduced the Accelerated Development Plan for Education. The main objective of this Plan was to help develop a balanced system working towards universal primary education as rapidly as consideration of finances and teacher-training allowed, but maintain at the same time proportionate facilities for further education for those most fitted to receive it.

The implementation of the Plan produced quantitative progress in the development of secondary education in the country. Between 1951 and 1957, the number of approved secondary schools rose from 12 to 38 and by February 1958, there were 10,423 students in secondary schools in Ghana.

Ghana Education Trust

In 1958, the Nkrumah Administration set up the Ghana Education Trust with the object of providing more secondary schools to absorb the large number of pupils who has benefited from the Free Universal Primary Education launched in 1951 and who were unable to secure places in the existing 38 assisted schools in the country. The cocoa Marketing Board provided G2.5 million for the Trust to meet the cost of establishing the first ten secondary schools f which Tweneboa Kodua Secondary school was lucky to be one.

Foundation stone

The Kumawu Traditional Council and the people of Kumawu readily welcome the Trust’s proposal to establish a secondary school in the town. Under the able leadership of Barima Otuo Acheampong, the then Kumawu Omanhene, the Council magnanimously donated a vast stretch of land measuring over 400 acres for the school project.

On August 20, 1959, the foundation stone of the first Secondary School for Kumawu was laid by Hon. Krobo Edusei, Minister of Transport and Communication and Member of Parliament for the area. By the end of the year, most of the buildings has been completed and were ready for use. The name Tweneboa Kodua was chosen by consensus for the school to immortalize the name of Barima Tweneboa Kodua, who had given up his life to enable the Asante nation win its war of liberation against Denkyira during the reign of Otumfuo Osei Tutu I.

Pioneers

The first batch of 45 all-male student was admitted to Tweneboa Kodua Secondary School in January 1960. The school remained a boy’s boarding school until the 1969/70 academic year when it was turned co-educational with the admission of the first group of female students. Ten years later, that is, in September 1979, Sixth Form courses in arts, Science and Business were introduced.

Headship

From 1960 to date, 13 Headmasters have headed the school. The first Headmaster was Mr. Kwaku Adwedaah. He stayed briefly and was followed by Messrs S.K. Bamfo and Agyepong-Yamoah. Both were from Prempeh College and they edeavoured to develop Tweneboa Kodua secondary School along the lines of Prempeh College. Since then, 10 other Headmaster, including Mr. Allan Charles Cole (Nana Osei Bediako Firaw) and the incumbent, Mr. A.W. Nantwi, who also happens to be an old student, have headed the school.

The symbolism of TKSHS Coast of arms (School Crest)

The Coat of Arms (crest) of the school consists of a medieval European shield upon which is drawn symbols identifying the unique and noble institution. The shield is of royal and incorruptible gold (yellow).

Across the centre and outlined in black is an upward pointing chevron of gold (yellow)

Superimposed on its left arm is a representation of Barima Tweneboa Kodua’s Blackened Stool created for his heroic sacrifice for the independence of Asanteman at Feyiase.

In the centre of the right arm is the Black Star of Ghana for which all Ghanaians of whatever ethnic group or region are expected to give of their love and service.

Upright, in the centre of the shield is the outline of the state sworod (afena), a symbol of chieftaincy. This is the sword called Busumuru with which Barima Tweneboa Kodua swore his loyalty and service to his elders and people on enstoolment and with which his elders and Kumawuman swore loyalty to him.

Forming the background and encompassing all these symbols is a traditional green wreath of ‘bodomowuo’ leaves hung around the neck of royals and around their heads as a sign of deep mourning following the departure of a chief to his ancestors.

At the top and bottom of the shield are two modern symbols. At the bottom is an open book representing the intensive and sacrificial search for knowledge needed if society is to progress.

Across the pot of the shield is a horizontal panel showing the rays of a rising sun piercing the dark night of oppression and ignorance, symbolizing the ultimate victory and reward which make sacrifice worthwhile.

Board of Governors

The school has in place of Board of Governors like any other assisted secondary school in the country. The Board is mandated to formulate and implement policies which would ensure the smooth running of the school. Membership of the Board is drawn from the Regional and District Officers of the Ghana Education Service, the Kumawu Traditional Council, the Sekyere Afram Plains District Administration. The Parent Teacher’s Association (PTA), Old Students Association and Staff of the school with the Headmaster as an ex-officio member.

Parent-Teacher Association (PTA)   

The Parent-Teacher Association of the school has been contributing immensely in the provision of vehicles and infrastructure for the school to complement the efforts of the government to make life comfortable for both staff and students and to enhance academic work.

The PTC is currently engaged in the construction of three story of 9 flats to help reduce the accommodation problem of the school. To assist in the admission of more fresh students this academic year, the PTA has also put up 2 No. 3-unit classroom for the school.

Apart from contributing to the physical development of the school, the PTA has been instrumental in finding solution to disciplinary and other important problems which have ensured peace and harmony in the school over the years.

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Issues Arising From The Reopening Of Schools – GNAFYT

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The GHANA NATIONAL ASSOCIATION OF FINAL YEAR TEACHERS (GNAFYT) has suggested the following to the Government of Ghana before 29th June 2020. The suggestions have been itemized as follows;

1. That, all Final Year Teachers shall be considered front line workers or Teachers, thus, 50% of basic salary as allowance for the next 3 months.

2. That, taxes on Final Year Teachers’ salaries be removed until school fully reopens, thus, Tax waiver for the next 3 months (July, August and September)

3. That, the government shall institute insurance packages for teachers that would cater for medical and other costs should any be infected with the Corona Virus in the process of discharging their duties.

4. That, running water and other sanitary equipment or Personal Protective Equipment (PPE’s) be provided to all schools.

5. That, the BECE, WASSCE examination be conducted in the individual schools in order to adhere to the social or physical distancing.

6. Assign schools to designated health facilities.

7. That, the government shall pay the teachers for any extra work in relation to the final exams.

8. That, Mock Examinations shall be set and conducted by the teachers in the various schools.

With this, we believe that the teacher will be highly motivated to work to make our final year students face the impending examination squarely. Our members are again encouraged to stay safe and adhere to all the health protocols to help fight the novel coronavirus.

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IFEST Urges Education Ministry, GES To Intensify Public Education On School Reopening

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The Institute for Education Studies (IFEST) carried out a research into the perspectives of stakeholders on the reopening of schools in Ghana.

The primary objective of the study was to find out from teachers, parents and educational workers their views on the reopening of schools. The study which is described as a snapshot survey was conducted using online questionnaire with the help of google docs and shared on the online platforms of these associations (WhatsApp and Telegram).

A total of 3242 respondents were sampled using the convenience sampling technique and the data were analysed using frequencies, percentage, and graphs. The key findings of the study were:

75% of the respondents were worried about the continuous closure of schools in the country, yet, 71% were not in support of the immediate wholesale reopening of schools.

58% of the respondents agreed that they support the reopening of schools in phases. However, the difference between the parents who agreed and those who disagreed was only 6.

48.64% agreed that MoE and GES will institute all the relevant health protocols in the event that schools are reopened. However, 537 out of the 932 parents who took part in the study disagreed.

50% of the respondents indicated that they cannot trust the Ghana Education Service to provide the needed PPEs to all educational institutions. Both parents and teachers strongly indicated this.

50.48% agreed that they will support any measure that seeks to make it possible for students to report to school. However, most of the parents (n = 487) indicated that they will not support any measure that seeks to make it possible for students to report to school.

Based on these findings, we recommend that the Ministry of Education and the Ghana Education Service:

must provide all the needed materials on or before the day of reopening. This will instill a level of confidence in both the parents and teachers.

should device a well thought-through communication strategy and propagate their message of assurance forcefully within this period of preparation to conscientize the parents on the safety of their wards when school reopens. This could be carried out by publicizing the various measures that have been undertaken in selected schools on national television. There could be radio messages and television short documentaries reminding parents of the need to allow their wards to get back to school for them to complete their education.

should adopt a continuous and consistent consultation and clear communication strategies with the relevant stakeholders devoid of intimidation to enable each stakeholder undertake their responsibilities accurately during this period.

Source: mordernghana.com

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Old Students of Mfantsipim Boy’s Donate to COVID-19 National Trust Fund

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Ebusuapanyin Capt. Paul Forjoe (’73), on behalf of MOBA has presented a cheque for GHS 200,000.00 to the COVID-19 National Trust Fund.


Receiving the cheque, immediate past Chief Justice and Chairperson of the Fund Her Lordship Sophia Akufo, expressed deep gratitude for the donation and commended MOBA for always rising up to the occasion. She indicated that the fund will soon roll out a comprehensive program designed to offer support to the needy and vulnerable in the country.


On his part, Capt. Forjoe said the gesture was in response to the call by President Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo to organisations and individuals to support the national effort to mitigate the effect of the Coronavirus pandemic on the vulnerable in our society. He added that the amount was raised from voluntary contributions from Year Groups, Chapters and individual ‘Old Boys.’

Present at the ceremony was Dr. William Collins Asare (’65), The Administrator of the COVID-19 Trust Fund and Secretary to the Board of Trustees and Archbishop Justice Ofei Akrofi a member of the Board.
The MOBA delegation included Treasurer, Parry Aboagye, Acting Executive Secretary, Kodwo Morgan, Laud Freeman (’97), Editor of the MOBA Newsletter and Yaw Subiri (’07), Administrative Assistant at the MOBA Secretariat.

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NAGRAT Supports Govt’s Decision on Student to Write The WAEC exams

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The National Association of Graduate Teachers (NAGRAT) has backed government’s decision to allow final year Senior and Junior High School (SHS/JHS) students to write this year’s West Africa Examination Certificate (WAEC) examinations.

According to Eric Angel Carbonu, President of NAGRAT, the students had already completed the syllabus and have been adequately prepared for the examinations before the schools were forced to close down in the wake of the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic.

“The short stay at home will not be a problem because the students were in the revision stage, preparing for the examinations. They had already completed the syllabus and were just in line to write their papers when the diseases struck the country. I agree that they write the examination rather than progress them with the Continuous Assessment which is fraught with challenges,” he stated.

In an interview with the Ghanaian Times yesterday in Accra, he, however, expressed concern about the decision to re-open schools this month although Ghana’s COVID-19 positive cases continue to rise.

He said re-opening of schools should have been delayed until September or October in order not to risk the lives of students and teachers.

“I agree that the re-opening of schools should have been pushed back to September or October, so that by then we would have had ample time to know how we will go about the situation to protect our students and teachers. We must place the lives of the students and teachers and anybody for that matter above any certificate,” he stated.

Although the delay would have thrown the academic calendar off-gear, Mr Carbonu explained that, the disease has impacted negatively on all sectors, including education, and destabilised economies across the globe, and Ghana could not be an exception.

“Until a definite global response to COVID-19 was found, the NAGRAT President said, life would not return to normal as before, stating that “we must prioritise the lives of our people until then,” he said.

Currently, he said, there was growing mixed feelings among parents as to whether or not schools should be re-opened when Ghana’s recorded cases continue to rise with no cure or vaccine for treatment.

He noted that there was uncertainty among students and teachers on how the schools’ environment would be ideal to curtail spread of the disease.

Mr Carbonu said mass testing for students and teachers, which has been proposed, was not the ideal solution as stated by some health experts, adding that “the associated costs and it being less of a prevention mechanism is why government has not taken that path.”

He urged the Ministry of Education to allow parents and their wards decide on whether or not to return to school, because most of them were through with their preparations for the examinations.

President Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo in his 10th address to the nation on measures put in place to check the spread of COVID-19 in the country announced the reopening of schools, but for only final year students of Junior High School, Senior High School and tertiary institutions.

According to him, beginning June 15, final year students are to resume school starting with university students.

Source: The Ghanaian Times

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“Areas in Accra to Experience Power Cut from Today” -ECG

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Parts of the Greater Accra Region will from today Monday, June 8, 2020, experience power outages for about seven hours, the Electricity Company of Ghana has announced.

ECG says that the power outages is necessary for them to undertake planned maintenance works to improve service delivery

ECG says that the exercise will end on Thursday, 11th June, 2020.

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Campus: University of Ghana Begins Online Exams Today

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University of Ghana

University of Ghana starts online exams today

Online examination for students of the University of Ghana for the second semester of the 2019/2020 academic year is commencing today, Monday June 8, 2020.

According to the school’s management, the examination is to be administered as take home assignments for all students with each paper expected to be submitted in three days.

Today, about 33 University of Ghana Required Courses (UGRC) papers would be taken.

Although all students are to remain home, provision has been made for all final year students who may for one reason or the other want to move back to campus. They are expected to report on Monday 15th June, 2020.

“Arrangements are being made to receive registered final year students who may wish to relocate to the premises of the campuses of the University to make use of on- campus resources from June 15, 2020 till 3 July, 2020 which is the end of the examination period,” parts of a statement from the University on its arrangements for final years who were unable to partake in online academic activities reads.

Meanwhile, the University’s Pro Vice Chancellor in charge of Academic and Students Affairs (ASA), Prof. Nana Aba Appiah Amfo has urged students to be calm and remain as they begin their examinations.

“It appears to have been a long drawn out semester, but you all have been resilient. Your effort,cooperation and feedback have been critical in improving the online system as we progressed. I wish you all the very best in the examination’s. Stay focused, be calm, remain honest and put in your best efforts. You can make it. Good luck to all UG students”

Most educational institutions in the country have had to utilise e-learning platforms to complete the 2019/2020 academic year due to the upsurge of Covid_19 cases in the country. With the likes of Ashesi University and Accra Institute of Technology having completed the academic year using various e-learning platforms.

Story by universnewsroom.com

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SWESCO Appoints Old Student as New Headmistress of The School

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old student of swedru SHS appointed as new Headmistress for the school

An old student of the Swedru Secondary School and former Assistant Headmistress of Wesley Girls High School, Cape Coast, Ms. Golda Esi Andam has been appointed as the new Headmistress of the Swedru Senior High School.

Ms. Golda Andam’s appointment follows the retirement of her predecessor Mrs. Alberta Obiriwa Rigg Stewart.

The newly appointed Headmistress had her secondary education at Swedru Secondary School from 1988 to 1993 where she graduated with a GCE ‘O’ LEVEL Certificate. She furthered her studies at OLA Training College, Cape Coast, where she obtained her Certificate A. Ms. Golda Andam’s then continued to the University of Education, Winneba, for the Bachelor’s Degree in Education (English).

She currently holds a Master of Arts Degree in the English Language from the University of Cape Coast.

The Vice President and Piesie Ernest Obeng Apau, Assistant Secretary of the Old Swesconians’Association in a congratulatory message signed by Piesie Dr. Kenneth Baidoo commended Ms. Piesie Golda on her new appointment as the Head of her Alma Mater and encouraged all old students to support her tenure in office.

The experienced English Tutor now Headmistress started her teaching career at Salvation Army Primary School, Agona Nyakrom through to Swedru School of Business and Kwanyako Secondary School.

Ms. Andam taught at St. Augustine’s College between 2004 -2010 where she became the P.T.A Assistant Secretary. She continued to the Academy of Christ the King from 2012 to 2018 where she was the Head of the Languages Department for four years.

She was later appointed the Assistant Headmistress of Wesley Girls High School, Cape Coast, from 2018 until she became the Headmistress of Swedru Secondary School in May 2020.

Ms. Andam in an interview with the Ghana News Agency said she was impressed with the number of Swesconians in the field of Education, adding that “l did not even dream of it before but what God has destined always comes to pass, so to God be all the glory, great things He has done.”

She noted that there were good practices, which when enforced steadily, would yield good results. “With God in control, l will ensure that all curricular and extra-curricular activities are carried through to the letter.”

Ms. Golda said she would work hand in hand with the staff and the Board as a team to make the institution the best in the country, which she would need the full support of all stakeholders, particularly the Old Students.

Source: Georgeweb.org

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Public Universities React to Akuffo Addo’s Call on Return to Lecture Room

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KNUST VC Professor Kwasi Obiri-Danso (L), UG VC Professor Ebenezer Oduro Owusu (M) and UCC VC Professor Joseph Ghartey Ampiah (R)
KNUST VC Professor Kwasi Obiri-Danso (L), UG VC Professor Ebenezer Oduro Owusu (M) and UCC VC Professor Joseph Ghartey Ampiah (R)

Not all final years are expected back to the campus of public universities across the country as online studies come to stay.

The country’s major universities have relaxed rules compelling final years to return to campus to complete academic work, despite the easing of restrictions by President Nana Akufo-Addo.

President Akufo-Addo announced on May 31 that final year students can return to the lecture halls by June 15 after staying home close to three months following the coronavirus outbreak.

Students and lecturers are to be in face masks at all times and observe all anti-coronavirus protocols, including regular hand washing, sanitising and social distancing at least one metre apart.

However, some universities are reluctant to alter plans to have all final years converge on their campuses. Instead, online lecture delivery and exams are now the new normal as the COVID-19 cases soar.

Ghana’s case count is almost 10,000 with 42 deaths.

The universities have, however, expressed readiness to accommodate students who wish to return.

Theghanareport.com contacted universities for their plans towards a return to the classrooms as disinfection exercises commence.

University of Ghana (UG)

The University of Ghana plans to continue its online teaching and learning programme rolled out for students at all levels when schools were shut.

All students, including final years, are expected to have their examinations from June 8 to July 3.

Only final year students with challenges are required to be on campus on June 15 to continue their academic work.

Such students will have the opportunity to benefit from additional lectures put in place by the university from June 22, July 10.

Students in this group will take their final examinations from July 18 to August 1, 2020.

“Arrangements are being made to receive registered final year students who may wish to relocate to the campuses of the University to make use of on-campus resources from June 15, 2020, till July 3, 2020, which is the end of the examination period,” Pro-Vice-Chancellor, Professor Nana Aba Appiah Amfo, has told the university community.

Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology (KNUST)

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The University Relations Officer (URO) of KNUST, Dr Daniel Norris Bekoe, told the theghanareport.com  that: “80% of assignments and project work which would be used as an assessment for the End of Second Semester Examinations, have already been completed and submitted for marking”.

Therefore,  the university decided that an existing arrangement which factored issues of the Student Representative Council (SRC) should be stayed for lessons to be held online.

This implies that the rest of the semester for the 2019/2020 academic year will be completed via online teaching and assessment.

Students, however, have a June 30 deadline to submit online assignments and tests.

Students who have challenges in assessing online resources can return to campus from June 15 to June 30 to complete the semester.

Final year students who are to defend their thesis will do so via video conference app Zoom.

University of Cape Coast (UCC)

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When contacted, the Public Relations Officer (PRO) of UCC, Mr Kwabena Antwi-Konadu, said the university was prepared to receive students.

UCC has scheduled June 15 for the school to resume.

Unlike other universities, UCC’s accommodation policy requires final years to be housed outside the campus. The final years were living in hostels and private homes prior to the closure of the school due to COVID-19.

However, according to the university’s plan, final year students will be in the halls of residence, a maximum of two students to a room. Students who have special cases justifying their stay in rented hostels would be considered on the merit of each case.

Mr Antwi-Konadu assured that management would implement all measures to protect every member of the university.

“We will work to safeguard the students even as they come back because we need to protect everybody,” he noted.

In view of that, the halls would provide two masks to each student. There will be a provision of veronica buckets, soaps and hand sanitisers at all entry points,

The temperature of students will be taken before entry at all facilities and 10 special rooms in each hall will be reserved for quarantine.

Additionally, UCC will use “only large lecture theatres for revision, tutorial and examinations to ensure strict observance of the social distancing protocol.”

There will be “no movement” from one hall to the other.

Below is the schedule for the rest of the semester :

UCC timetable
UCC timetable

Ghana Institute of Journalism (GIJ)

In an arrangement similar to some other public academic institutions, GIJ has informed its students that online lectures will proceed till the end of the second semester for the 2019/2020 academic year and “examination shall be conducted online as previously arranged”.

Examinations are already scheduled to begin on June 8 and management has made arrangements for students who have problems participating in online lectures.

In view of that all students with peculiar difficulties “should inform their lecturers and copy [email protected] for necessary arrangements to be put in place to ensure that they take part in the end-of-semester examination.”

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University Teachers Association of Ghana (UTAG)

With lecturers already engaged with students online, UTAG National President, Professor Charles Marfo told theghanareport.com that they would “work with what the management of the universities decides”.

The lecturers are not opposed to the decision to resume classroom lectures.

They are ready to assist students to finish the semester and offer guidance and supervision to undergraduate and postgraduate students who are to submit dissertations for their final work.

Credit: theghanareport.com

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Ghanaian Lecturers Can Now Teach Until 70 years of Age

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Dr Matthew Opoku Prempeh

The government has announced new rules to guide post-retirement contracts for academic staff of public universities in the country.

Under the rules, even though the mandatory retirement age for academic staff of public universities shall continue to be 60 years, professorial grade staff (Associate Professors and Professors) shall be eligible for post-retirement contracts until the age of 70, in line with constitutional provisions.

Until the current guidelines, that category of staff used to retire at 60, with a few of them being given contracts, which came with challenges of payment in the light of their receiving pensions.

Consequently, the Auditor-General called for the cancellation of such post-retirement contracts.

Post-retirement contract

In an interview with the Daily Graphic, the Minister of Education, Dr Matthew Opoku Prempeh, explained that the new rule had become necessary as part of measures to bolster and maintain a critical mass of key academic staff to support the anticipated significant increase in tertiary enrolment as a consequence of the free senior high school (SHS) programme.

He said for the professorial category, “the initial contract shall be for five years up to the age of 65, and then afterwards contracts shall be offered on a 2+2+1 basis, subject to need and good health”.

He explained that specific provision must be made for compensation for all staff on post-retirement contracts, and that such staff should be clearly designated and accounted for separately as contract staff in the annual budget of the institutions.

He explained that the post-retirement contract was not automatic, “because if a university does not need your services or a Professor does not want to be engaged, then the contract will not be put in place”.

Rationale

Dr Prempeh said the new rule was important because the universities needed to boost their human resource capacity in research and Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) supervision.

He said giving that category of staff the contract was to ensure better student/lecture ratios, especially as the tertiary institutions prepared to receive the large cohort of free SHS products in the next academic year.

To that end, he said, the National Council for Tertiary Education (NCTE) had been tasked to develop and deploy a mechanism for monitoring output in those areas, following the implementation of the new regime for post-retirement contracts.

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Sewdru Senior High School (SWESCO) Appoints New Headmistress

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Ms Golda Esi Andam, the former Assistant Headmistress of Wesley Girls High School, Cape Coast, has been appointed the new Headmistress of the Swedru Secondary School following the retirement of Mrs Alberta Obiriwa Rigg Stewart.

Ms Andam, an old student, had her secondary education at Swedru Secondary School from 1988 to 1993 where she obtained a GCE ‘O’ LEVEL Certificate.

She continued to OLA Training College, Cape Coast, where she obtained her Certificate A. She proceeded to the University of Education, Winneba, for the Bachelor Degree in Education (English).

She currently holds a Master of Arts Degree in English Language from the University of Cape Coast.

In a congratulatory message signed by Piesie Dr. Kenneth Baidoo, Vice President and Piesie Ernest Obeng Apau, Assistant Secretary of the Old Swesconians’Association, commended Piesie Golda on her new appointment as the Head of “Our Alma Mater and we encourage all Old Students to support her tenure as well.”

Piesie Golda, as an experienced English Tutor, has demonstrated good knowledge in her area of expertise. She started her teaching career at Salvation Army Primary School, Agona Nyakrom through to Swedru School of Business and Kwanyako Secondary School.

Ms Andam taught at St. Augustine’s College between 2004 -2010 where she became the P.T.A Assistant Secretary. She proceeded to the Academy of Christ the King from 2012 to 2018 where she was the Head of the Languages Department for four years.

She was later appointed the Assistant Headmistress of Wesley Girls High School, Cape Coast, from 2018 until she became the Headmistress of Swedru Secondary School in May, 2020.

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4 Ways To Succeed as an Opera News Hub Writer

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Opera News Hub

1) Your content should be unique and original:

Unlike traditional media platforms where there are only a handful of writers covering a specific domain, please note that there are many writer on opera news hub and there is a high probability that you are all monitoring thesame mainstream sources for new updates.

Please,ensure your articles are unique and original to avoid rejections.

2) Avoid fake news:

On opera news hub,an article is considered fake when the reported news or event is not true or cannot be backed up with some genuine facts. Avoid the impulse to submit unverified stories,be responsible,always do due diligence.

3)/Avoid click bait headline’s:

The practice of click bait is when the headline of your article doesn’t correspond with the body. Click bait is very dangerous to the platform because it creates distrust in readers. This ultimately leads to low income or earnings.

4) Avoid pornography:

An article is considered pornographic when it featured images or texts that can be deemed sexual.

Avoid pornographic articles.

Hope this article is helpful.

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3 Mistakes That will Worsen Ghana’s COVID-19 Situation as Schools Re-opens Soon

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The outbreak of covid-19 is a really that we have accepted now and Ghanaian government is currently in consultations with stakeholders on the roadmap to easing the ban on social gathering which includes reopening of schools come Sunday 31st May,2020.

The debate for reopening schools has been in the airwaves for quite sometime now and government is likely to choose reopening of schools for candidates and final year students in the tertiary institutions, this can only be done with strict adherence to safety protocols in the schools.

The suggestions government can’t ignore is the provision of protective materials for both teachers and students because we still record daily cases,these materials goes with cost,some of which are provision of nose and face mask, hand sanitizers, soup and Veronica buckets.

The president might make these three 3 big mistakes in his directives which can go a long way to worsen Ghana’s covid-19 situation:

1.His Excellency Nana Akufo Addo might direct parents to bear the cost of providing candidates with protective materials, this will give space for excuses in using them putting candidates, teachers and their communities at risk as virus spread will win a free flow environment.

2.Another mistake directive the president might make is asking teachers to use their salaries to get themselves face and nose mask as well as hand sanitizers again, this will give room for some teachers to relax the use of protective materials which can also spike the spread of the virus in schools and beyond.

3.The final directive mistake the president might make is ignoring technocrats and involving party functionaries and party boys in supplying these protective materials,this is usually called jobs for the boys and they know their party in government will pay them for poor, little or no work done, this means that, if this mistake directive is done,many schools in the country will not get enough or even a single protective material which can undoubtedly worsen Ghana’s covid-19 situation.

The exponential question I ask is are we ready as a country to reopen schools? The reality on paper is not the same as on the ground just as a deputy minister last mentioned that “Ghana is more than ready for covid-19” but reality check today shows the opposite so let’s see what happens on and beyond 31st May,2020.

Do make a comment and share to see the reaction of friends.

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JHS Students will spend only 4 Hours In School – Education Minister

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Junior High Schools students will spend only four hours in school according to the Ghana Education Service (GES).

The president of Ghana during his last address to the nation on measures put in place to curb the spread of coronavirus in the country announced the reopening of schools for the final year students despite the spike in the number of coronavirus cases.

According to the President, in the middle of June final year students are to resume schools beginning with the University students.

“SHS 2 gold track and SHS 3 students are to resume on the 22nd of June, with a maximum of 25 students and final year Junior High School students are to resume on the 29th of June with a maximum of 30 students, while remaining students still remain at home,” President Akufo-Addo said.

Providing more clarification on the directive, Deputy Direct-General for Quality and Access for the Ghana Education Service Mr. Kwabena Bempah Tandoh stated that Junior High School students will not be spending more than four hours in school per day.

“In our JHS, what we are saying is that they will only be in school for only 4 hours a day; they start at 9 and complete at 1. This is because of the health and well-being checks at hand,” he said.

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15 Most Popular University Hall of Residence In Ghana

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Are you a student of UG, KNUST, UCC, UEW, UDS, UMAT, etc.?

Which hall of residence are you in or affiliated to?

Are you proud of your HALL?

How do you make your standout Among others.

Ambassadors of the ZIGI CAMPUS VOICE Ghana has visited all the 16 regions in Ghana and has set polls everywhere in every campus in every tertiary institution.

After a 5 months exercise in 2019/2020 academic year, this is the result of the MOST POPULAR HALL OF RESIDENCE across all tertiary campuses.

#15. KWAME NKRUMAH HALL ( UCC )Kwame Nkrumah hall, the hall of excellence, is the second largest hall in university of Cape coast. The hall has a special place in Ghana because it was named after the first president of the republic of Ghana.The hall has been a mixed hall since it’s inception.

MOTTO: LEADERSHIP BY EXAMPLE

#14. ADEHYE HALL ( UCC)Adehye hall is the only all female hall on UCC campus known for their discipline and neatness.The hall has churned out many respectable women. They are the only ROYALS in Ghana.

MOTTO: TO EDUCATE A WOMAN IS TO EDUCATE A NATION

#13. AFRICAN HALL ( KNUST)African hall knust, in 2018 ceased being an all female hall and became mixed hall .It was first occupied by students on 14th October, 1967. Members of the hall are popularly known as “DOMITES” .

#12. AMANIAMPONG HALL ( UEW )Amaniampong hall is the only hall of residence on the Mampong campus of college of Agriculture education, university of education, winnerba.The hall consists seven blocks namely 1,2,3,3,5,6 and 7. The blocks are situated in such a way that they form quadrangle which is decorated with green grasses lawns and walking terraces.

MOTTO: DEVELOPMENT IN UNITY

#11. INDEPENDENCE HALL ( KNUST )Independence Hall Knust has a special place in Ghana as it was officially opened in February 1959 to commemorate the attainment of Ghana’s INDEPENDENCE on 6th March, 1957.INDEPENDENCE hall is the premier and maiden hall in KNUST and serves as a permanent hall of residence for both male and female students.Spartans are what the proud members of the hall are popularly known as.

MOTTO: HONOUR INTEGRITY

#10. OGUAA HALL ( UCC)Oguaa hall is a mixed hall. The hall has a special place in Cape coast because the hall represent the whole of Cape coast.Oguaa hall is the premier and maiden hall of residence in UCC. The premiers are what the proud members of the hall are popularly known asMOTTO: NYIMDZEE KORYE ASOMDWE

#09. AKUAFO HALL ( UG )Akuafo hall, the hall of Excellence is the second hall of residence to be established in the university of Ghana. They are generally known as the FARMERS. They are known for their rich culture and tradition. Their chieftaincy institution serves as a symbol of unity for students and also helps to promote and showcase the rich Ghanaian culture.The chief FARMER and his queen mother are elected annually.

MOTTO: LABOREMUS ET SAPIAMUS

#08. VALCO HALL ( UCC)Valco hall is located in the university of Cape coast. The hall evolved from humble beginnings and now occupies an enviable position in the academic setting of ucc.The hall has been a mixed hall since it’s inception. Members of the hall are known as INDUSTRIALISTS.

MOTTO: FIRST AMONG OTHERS

#07. MENSAH SARBAH HALL ( UG )Sarbah hall is the first hall to be named after a hero of the nation, Dr. Mensah Sarbah. The hall is undoubtedly the best mixed hall on UG campus having won many laurels.The hall boasts of a traditional outfit known as the the ” OKPO ” ( common sense RULES ) . It has affiliations with katanga hall in knust and CASFORD of UCC . Members of the hall are unofficially known as THE VIKINGS.

MOTTO: KNOWLEDGE, HONOUR, AND SERVICE

#06. REPUBLIC HALL ( KNUST)Republic hall is a mixed hall. The republic hall knust was commemorated as Ghana attainment a republic status in 1960. In 1961, the hall was opened but no women were admitted to the hall.The first women to be admitted was in 1991. Repu as it is popularly called is also the home to the student Representative council office.

MOTTO: SET THE PACE

#05. CASELY HAYFORD HALL ( UCC )Casely Hayford hall is the only hall of the gentlemen in Ghana. The hall is one of the greatest halls in the university of Cape Coast.The hall has affiliations with katanga hall in knust and Sarbah hall in UG. Members of the hall are popularly known as FELLOWS. They normally boast themselves by saying ” The only university in the university! “.We are the SUPER POWERS!! FELLOW CASFODIANS!! HEYY!!

MOTTO: TRUTH AND COURAGE

#04. UNIVERSITY HALL ( KNUST)The UNIVERSITY Hall of knust has a long history which dates back to 1961. The hall was to commemorate the accession of the then kumasi college of technology to full university status on 22nd August, 1961.University hall popularly known as KATANGA was an all male hall until 1st of August 2018, when it was converted into a mixed hall.

MOTTO: REST NOT

#03. COMMONWEALTH HALL ( UG )Students of Commonwealth hall are known as VANDALS, an acronym for VIVACIOUS, AFFABLE, NEIGHBORLY, DEVOTED,ALTRUISTIC AND LOYAL. They address each other as V-MATES and the popular response is SHARP.It is the only male hall on UG campus. It is also a hall that upholds customs and traditions. VANDALS are said to be arguably the voices of the entire students body.They pride themselves with LEADERSHIP qualities and unity. You dare not go to romantic Vandal city in RED if you are a girl.

MOTTO: TRUTH STANDS

#02. ATLANTIC HALL ( UCC)The students of the great ATLANTIC HALL are known as MARINERS. They address each other as MARINERS and the popular response is SUPERISIMO!! ABOVE THE LAW!!! MOVE!!!!.It is the best mixed hall in UCC and boast themselves as the best mixed hall in Ghana. Mariners are said to be arguably the voices of the entire students body. No wonder OLD MARINERS are always proud of the hall.You dare not go the MARINE CITY if you are in RED or ( CASFORD) related things 😂.

MOTTO: KNOWLEDGE, INITIATIVE, AND DYNAMISM

#01. UNITY HALL ( KNUST)Unity hall KNUST is the largest hall in west Africa. From inception, UNITY HALL has always been a male hall but on the 1st of August 2018, the hall was converted to mixed hall.

The hall has Modern facilities and it is nicknamed ” Twin Towers “. Members are known as ‘ CONTINENTALS ‘ on ‘ CONTI ‘ for short. It has the most comfortable, friendly, and spacious junior common room on knust campus.

MOTTO: UNITY IS STRENGTH

NB: Be proud of your HALL OF RESIDENCE by sharing, commenting and liking this particular write up .

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Gov’t Approves Increment in Research allowances for University Teachers

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Government has approved an increase in the Research allowance of University Teachers from GHS 500 to GHS 1,500.

According to Dr Mathew Opoku Prempeh, the Minister for Education, the University Teachers have seen a 200% increment in their Research Allowances under the Akuffo-NPP leadership.

The Minister disclosed this in his address to the Press on Tuesday, June 2, on measures outlined by his ministry towards the reopening of schools for final year students.

President Akuffo Addo has announced resumption dates for Final year students in the various tertiary institutions in the country.

The President made this revelation on Sunday, May 31, 2020, during his tenth state address on the update of events concerning  COVID-19 pandemic.

University Students

According to the president, final year university students are to report to their universities on 15th June 2020 to continue with their Academic works including examinations.

He added, that University lectures will take place with half the class size in respect of the COVID-19 social distancing protocols.

Training Institutions

The president further indicated, that all final year students of educational and training institutions, which are being managed by Ministries other than the Education Ministry, are to return to school on 15th June to complete their exit examinations.

Source: educationghana.net

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UCC Outlines COVID-19 Safety Protocols Ahead Of Re-Opening For Final Year Students

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The University of Cape Coast (UCC) has outlined a number of COVID-19 safety measures as it prepares for resumption of academic work for its final year students.

President Akufo-Addo on Sunday, May 31, in his address to the nation on updates to Ghana’s enhanced response to the coronavirus pandemic, eased the ban on public gathering to among others, allow for the partial resumption of academic activities.

The university has thus, expressed it preparedness, indicating that the measures put in place were to avoid the spread of the virus among students, staff and the university community.

A statement issued and signed by the Registrar, Mr John Kofi Nyan and copied to the Ghana News Agency (GNA) said all halls, library and academic areas would be fumigated before re-opening on Monday, June 15.

As part of the measure, all final year students would be accommodated in the halls of residence with a maximum of two students in a room.

However, students who had special cases justifying their stay in self-rented hostels would be considered on the merit of their cases.

According to the statement, a special room, at least one in each hall would be designated for quarantine and management by the university’s COVID-19 Rapid Response Task-force.

To strictly observe social distancing protocol, only large lecture theatres would be used for revision, examination and tutorials.

In addition, students, staff and the entire university community are required to comply with the “No face mask no entry” policy adding that, each students would be provided with two masks.

Veronica buckets, soaps and hand sanitizers would be provided at entry points to facilities such as the halls, library, lecture theatres and all academic areas.

There would be no movement in other halls and students would have their temperatures taken before entering into the halls and other facilities.

Also, there would be no church services and other large gathering, the statement added.

To ensure compliance, the statement said, management would engage the student leadership on how to practicalise the measures outlined.

Source: GNA

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KNUST Seeks Exemption From Travel Restriction For International Students

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KNUST

The Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology (KNUST) is working with the Government to allow entry for international students returning to the campus to complete their academic work for the Second Semester.

They include those in the fifth and sixth years in the School of Medicine and Dentistry, School of Veterinary Medicine, Faculty of Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences, as well as Midwifery and Medical Diagnostics Students.

A statement signed by Mrs. Margaret Daisy, Deputy Registrar (Academic Affairs), KNUST, and copied to the Ghana News Agency (GNA), Kumasi, said the students were expected to return to campus for their clinical and practical work.

“Where a student is unable to return as scheduled due to travel restrictions in his or her country, arrangements would be made to have his or her examinations postponed until an appropriate time,” it noted.

Meanwhile, Education Minister Dr Matthew Opoku Prempeh at a media briefing on Tuesday said the Government was considering entry for such student but they would be quarantined for 14 days upon arrival, in line with anti COVID-19 health and safety protocols.

The President, Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo, in his recent address to the nation, announced plans by the government to lift partially the ban on activities in educational institutions by re-opening schools for final-year students, including the universities.

The universities are expected to re-open on June 15, this year.

For more than two months now, Ghanaian schools have remained closed, following the COVID-19 outbreak on Thursday, March 12.

The statement said the KNUST’s COVID -19 Team would ensure that students who reported on campus would be examined and taken through the safety protocols as approved by the Ministry of Health.

Source: GNA

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Ghana’s COVID-19 case count climbs to 9,638 with 3,636 recoveries

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COVID-19

Ghana’s case count for the novel coronavirus is now 9,638 as of Sunday June 7, 2020 after 176 new cases were confirmed.

An additional 89 people have been declared to have recovered after treatment, bringing Ghana’s recovery toll to 3,636.

The number of persons who have succumbed to the disease remains at 44.

These were indicated in the Ghana Health Service’s latest update on the coronavirus situation in Ghana.

Regional distribution of cases

The Greater Accra region continues to be the country’s epicentre of the disease, recording 6,309 positive cases.

Ashanti Region follows with 1,645 cases.

The Ahafo Region is the only area that has no recorded a case of the virus.

Greater Accra Region – 6,309

Ashanti Region – 1,645

Western Region – 624

Central Region – 489

Eastern Region – 166

Volta Region – 102

Western North Region – 74

Upper East Region – 42

Northern Region – 37

Oti Region – 28

Upper West Region – 22

Bono East Region – 7

North East Region – 2

Savannah Region – 1

Bono Region – 1

Ahafo Region – 0

Credit: Radio Univers

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2015 NSMQ History Maker: A Profile of Samuel Appiah Kubi of Adisadel College

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A look at Adisadel College’s NSMQ 2015 show-stopper Samuel Appiah-Kubi.

The phenomenal innovations that stem from technology to aid people in their daily lives fuel my love for the field.”

– Samuel Appiah-Kubi, NSMQ 2015 Finalist – Adisadel College

In 2015, Adisadel College a.k.a. ADISCO made it to the NSMQ Finale for the first time. Leading the team was the charismatic Samuel Appiah-Kubi and Bennet Brown. In a closely contested final contest with Prempeh College and University Practice SHS, Adisadel College was unable to clinch the NSMQ Trophy, losing out Prempeh College by a 3-point margin.

Up until the very last riddle, the contest was close and could have been won by any of the three competing schools.

Despite finishing in 2nd place, ADISCO made their mark in 2015, establishing a clear path to finals glory and determination. It was therefore not surprising when ADISCO returned to the NSMQ Finale the next year and won it assuredly in 2016. As fate would have it, Samuel Appiah-Kubi was present to see his school finish the work he started, beaming with pride and joy.

Samuel at the Terminal One Computer Science competition at Duke University

5 years after his fantastical performance on the NSMQ stage, Samuel Appiah-Kubi has settled into life as a computer science enthusiast with an insatiable curiosity for technology. The Adisadel College Alumnus went on to obtain a BSc in Computer Science from Duke University in Durham, North Carolina (USA) with a BSc in Computer Science from 2016-2020.

Currently, he spends his time working as part of a youth volunteer initiative – CodeAfrique – that seeks to raise awareness of computer science and entrepreneurship. In a few months time, he is set to begin a career as a Software Engineer at Microsoft in Redmond, WA.

Join us at 6 pm tonight, as we catch up with Samuel, and learn more about his life beyond the legendary ADISCO days, college at Duke University, his love for computer science, and so much more.

It promises to be a light-hearted conversation, reminiscing about the NSMQ and life in general via Instagram

#NSMQ2020

Source; nsmq.com.gh

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KNUST Maintains Online Teaching And Learning

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Management of the Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology (KNUST) says they will go ahead with its planned online teaching and learning for the rest of the second semester of the 2019/2020 academic year.

This is despite the easing of the COVID-19 induced restrictions for schools to partially re-open.

The school in a statement after an emergency meeting between its academic board and the Student Representative Council (SRC) on Thursday, June 4, 2020, said the decision was arrived at following concerns over the possible spread of the coronavirus among students.

“The existing arrangements for on-line teaching and assessment for continuing and final year students, as agreed at an Emergency Academic Board Meeting held on 4th May 2020, (for the rest of the second semester of the 2019/2020 academic year), should hold. This is in consideration of the fact that more than 80% of assignments and project work which would be used as an assessment for the End of Second Semester Examinations, have already been completed and submitted for marking. All online assignments and assessments should be completed by 30th June 2020”, school authorities said.

However, students who may have difficulty in accessing the online facilities have been given the option to re-locate to campus from June 15-30, 2020.

Such students have been asked to contact their Heads of Department through their class representatives. Other directives for medical students

Sixth Year clinical students of the Schools of Medicine and Dentistry (SMD) and Veterinary Medicine should report on 15th June 2020.

They will be accommodated at the Clinical Students Hostel at Komfo Anokye Teaching Hospital while 6th-year final students of the School of Veterinary Medicine will be accommodated at the SRC Hostel on campus.

They will be required to take an abridged examination, consisting of theory and clinical assessments which will be organized in small groups, in compliance with the protocol on social distancing.

The assessment will be for a maximum period of three weeks after which the fifth years will report for their session.

Source: modernghana.com

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No Final Year Student Will Be Disallowed Entry To UG Campus – Vice Chancellor Assures

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Prof Ebenezer Oduro Owusu

The Vice-Chancellor of the University of Ghana has debunked claims that the institution is against students coming to campus despite President Nana Akufo-Addo’s easing of the COVID-19 restrictions to allow final-year students to go back to school.
 
Prof Ebenezer Oduro Owusu in an interview with NEAT FM’s morning show ‘Ghana Montie’ explained that at a meeting with the leadership of the student body, it was agreed to continue with the remainder of the academic work for the second semester online.
 
According to him, some students have agreed to come to campus and others want to continue with their e-learning.

“The school will be opened on the 15th, those who want to come are free to come. We have no issues with that. Those who want to be home and continue with their e-learning can also do that,” he told host Mac Jerry Osei Agyeman.
 
Schools reopen on June 15
 
Announcing the easing of the restrictions on Sunday, 31 May 2020, President Akufo-Addo said: “From Monday, 15 June 2020, the decision has been taken, after engagement with the Teacher Unions, whose co-operation I salute, to re-open schools and universities to allow for final-year junior high, senior high and university students to resume classes ahead of the conduct of their respective exit examinations.
 
“Indeed, final-year university students are to report to their universities on 15th June; final-year senior high school (SHS 3) students, together with SHS 2 Gold Track students, on 22nd June; and final-year junior high school (JHS 3) students on 29th June. JHS 3 classes will comprise a maximum of thirty (30) students; SHS classes a maximum of twenty-five (25) students, and University lectures will take place with half the class sizes”.
 
“All final-year students of educational and training institutions, which are being managed by Ministries other than the Education Ministry, are to return to school on 15th June to complete their exit examinations”.
 
Testing of students
 
Prof Oduro Owusu has however assured that the institution will take all safety precautions “seriously” ahead of the reopening.
 
“Fumigation of all the lecture halls is ongoing and all students will be tested for COVID-19 before allowed so they will be safe while on campus,” he said.

PPEs to staff
 
He noted that government has promised to supply the school with protective equipment.

“I am sure we will receive them on time,” he said.

Source: Peacefmonline.com

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Best 5 Senior High Schools in Western Region

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The 2017 West African Secondary School Certificate Examination (WASSCE) results have been compiled. Based on the results, we have computed the pass rates of the top performing schools in the past five years (from 2013 -2017). The ranking methodology employs the percentage of candidates who scored A1 to C6 in six subjects and qualified for tertiary education.

This year’s list saw very few changes. Overall, Brong-Ahafo based Saint James Seminary topped with an average pass rate of 98.80%. The school has consistently scored above 97% in the past five years (posting 99.49% in 2014 , 98.69% in 2015 and 97.75% in 2017)

Most Senior High Schools making the top 10 remain intact but for Rev. John Teye Memorial School who secured a 80% pass rate this year to clinch tenth place. It is the only private school to make the top 10 this year. Galaxy International School is the next best private school in Ghana clinching 16th place with an average pass rate of 77.46%

Wesely Girls High School still leads the pack of top all girls schools, closely followed by Holy Child College. In 2017, Holico had a pass rate of 90.69% to Wesely Girls’ 86.86%. At this rate, Holy Child College will surpass Wesely Girls High School as the best girls’ school in the next few years. Saint Roses SHS, St. Louis SHS and Aburi Girls are the remaining all girls schools in the top 20 list.

  1. ARCHBISHOP POTHERS GIRLS SENIOR HIGH SCHOOL

             Average percentage of passes: 98.80%

Archbishop Pothers Girls Senior High Schools comes out on top again this year. This little known school located in the Western Region have been able to maintain top spot over the past five years. They topped last year’s list with a whooping 98.80% of average passes over the past five years. In 2017

  1.  GHANA SEC/TECH

        Average percentage of passes: 94.97%

 Ghana Secondary tech is followed closely by St. Francis Xavier Junior Seminary from the Western Region of Ghana. In recent times this school has garnered praise for their academic prowess. They have also placed consistently in the top five schools for the last few years. They came up an average pass rate of 94.97%

  1. ST JOHN”S SENIOR HIGH SCHOOL

            Average percentage of passes: 88.23%

The third spot is taken by St john’s Senior High School popularly known as ‘’JOHN’S BOYS’’. ls Located in Western Region, the school leads the Sekondi cohort of top schools. In 2017, out of 866 students presented, 739 qualified for University education. That have scored an impressive 85.33% of average passes over the past five years.

  1. AHANTAMAN GIRLS SENIOR HIGH SCHOOL

      Average percentage of passes: 87.60%

The AGISS make it to the fourth on the list. Often regarded as the best school in the country, the all-girls school from Western region Aside being an academic power house, they are known for their stellar discipline. Out of 428 students presented in 2017, 371 were eligible for university education. This represents a commendable 88.23% average pass rate over the past five years.

  1. SEKONDI COLLEGE

    Average percentage of passes: 87.53%

The famous Sekondi college came sixth on the list with an average percentage pass of 86.31 over the past five years. Out of 809 students presented in 2017, 674 qualified for admission to the University. Consistently ranked among the best Senior High Schools, it is worth mentioning that Adisadel College was ranked 10th out of the top 100 best high schools in Africa by Africa Almanac in 2003, based on quality of education, student engagement, strength and activities of alumni, school profile, internet and news visibility.

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Top Category ‘A’ Senior High Schools in Ashanti Region

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Opoku Ware School

Opoku Ware School, often referred to as OWASS, is an all-boys high school in Santasi, a suburb of Kumasi, which is the capital of the Ashanti region of Ghana. It was established in 1952, as one of the five Catholic schools in Ghana that year. The school was named after Asante King Opoku Ware I.

ounded: 1952

Motto: Deus Lux Scientiae

Color: Blue

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Kumasi Girls’ Senior High School

Kumasi Girls’ Senior High is an all female second cycle institution in Kumasi in the Ashanti Region of Ghana.

T.I.AMASS

T.I. Ahmadiyya Senior High School is a coeducational second-cycle public educational institution in Kumasi in the Ashanti Region of Ghana. 

Founded: January 30, 1950

Motto: Knowledge is Power

Kumasi High School

Kumasi High School, often referred to as KUHIS, is a boys’ senior high school in the Ashanti region of Ghana. It was established in 1962, by S. K. Amoah. The students are known collectively as Mmerantee. It is located in Gyinyase near Ahinsan Estate. The motto of the school is Truth conquers. 

Anglican Senior High School, Kumasi

Anglican Senior High School in Ghana The Anglican Senior High School is a co-educational secondary school founded in 1973. It is situated in Asem, a suburb of Kumasi in the Ashanti Region of Ghana. The present headmaster is Rev.Canon Senkyiri.

Prempeh College

Prempeh College is a public secondary school for boys located in Kumasi, the capital city of the Ashanti Region, Ghana. The school was founded in 1949 by the Asanteman traditional authority, the British Colonial Government, the Methodist Church Ghana and the Presbyterian Church of Ghana

T.I. Ahmadiyya Girls Senior High SchoolVi all

T.I. Ahmadiyya Girls’ Senior High School is a girls’ second-cycle institution in Asokore in the Sekyere East District of Ashanti Region, Ghana

St Louis Senior High School

St. Louis Senior High School is a Ghanaian educational institution for girls in the Oduom suburb of Kumasi in the Ashanti Region. 

Konongo Odumase Senior High School

Konongo Odumase Senior High School is a coeducational second-cycle institution at Konongo-Odumase in the Asante Akim Central District of the Ashanti Region of Ghana.

Yaa Asantewaa Girls’ Senior High 

St Monica’s Senior High School

t. Monica’s Senior High School is a girls’ second-cycle institution in Mampong in the Ashanti Region of Ghana. 

Afia Kobi Ampem Girls Senior High School

Afia Kobi Ampem Senior High School is an all female high school in Trabuom in the Ashanti Region 

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Top 8 Ghanaian Footballers and the SHS They Attended

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We can all recognize that most of our Ghanaian players started playing football at younger age and some of them got their break through from their senior High schools.

Sports competitions in our senior High school are very competitive and attract lots of agents to scout for players. With this situation, we are going to look at 8 successful Ghanaian players and the SHS they attended. And I know most students of such schools are going to boast of nurturing great talents from their school.

1. Sulley Muntari

Sulley Ali Muntari is a professional footballer who plays as a central midfielder for the Ghana National Team and Deportivo de La Coruña. He is an old student of Osei Kyeretwie Senior High School.

2. Asamoah Gyan

Asamoah Gyan is a professional footballer who plays as a forward for the Ghana National Team and NorthEast United FC. He is currently Ghana’s top leading goal scorer. He is an old student of Accra Academy where he built an AstroTurf for sporting activities.

3. Michael Essien

Michael Essien has currently retired from international football but plays as a midfielder for Sabail FK. We can remember him for the spectacular goal he scored against FC Barcelona in the Champion League. He is an old student of St. Augustine’s College in Cape Coast.

4. Mubarak Wakaso

Mubarak Wakaso plays his footballer for the Ghana National Team and Chinese club Jiangsu Suning F.C. team as a midfielder. He is an old student of Obuasi Secondary Technical School.

5. Samuel Inkoom

Samuel Inkoom is a Ghanaian professional footballer who plays as a defender for the Ghana National Team and Georgian side Samtredia. He is an old student of St. Johns School, Sekondi.

6. Jonathan Mensah

Jonathan Mensah, plays as a defender for the Ghana National Team and MLS club Columbus Crew SC. He is an old student of Obuasi Secondary Technical School.

7. Baba Rahman

Abdul Rahman Baba is a Ghanaian professional footballer who plays as a left-back for the Ghana national team and La Liga club RCD Mallorca, on loan from Chelsea. He is an old student of Notre Dame Seminary Secondary School, Navrongo.

8. Daniel Opare

Daniel Tawiah Opare is a Ghanaian professional footballer who plays as a right-back for the Ghana national team and Antwerp. He is also an old student of Obuasia Secondary Technical School.

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COVID-19: Parents plead for Proper Safety Measures In Schools

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Parents in the Sekondi-Takoradi Metropolis have called on the Ministry of Education (MoE) and the Ghana Education Service (GES) to ensure that proper safety measures are put in place in schools before the re-opening of schools.

This, they said, should include the provision of ‘Veronica Buckets’ and hand washing stations created in every classroom, the availability of running water in the schools at all times, provision of thermometer guns in all schools and ensuring that toilet facilities in the schools are disinfected regularly when schools are in session.

It would be recalled that President Nana Akufo-Addo on March 15, ordered the closure of all schools and universities and the suspension of all public gatherings for four weeks as a means to stem the spread of the COVID-19 pandemic.

They also commended President Akufo-Addo for giving ear to the recommendations made by stakeholders to let the final year learners back to school and especially, adding the Gold Track students who missed on their learning but will now have the opportunity to go and complete that phase of their academic calendar.

The parents, who spoke to the Ghana News Agency in an interview, also expressed their readiness to support the efforts of the government and the school authorities to provide a conducive teaching and learning environment for the final year students who are restless, especially in this challenging times.

Mr Benjamin Arko, Assemblyman for the Essikafo-Ambantem No.1 Electoral Area, said over the years the schools have suffered from various challenges in utilities, food and staff, and called on the government to put adequate measures in place to cater for the needs of the students in school especially, students with special educational needs.

He said the situation calls for stakeholder participation and strict monitoring and adherence to the safety measures outlined by the Ministry of Education for effective session and urged the Ghana Education Service to recruit more personnel for the School Health Education Program (SHEP) to ensure the consistent monitoring of cases in the schools.

Mr Arko urged the MoE to continue with the E-learning programme for students who may not make it to the schools and added that online teaching and learning programmes should also be made available in the schools; E-learning content should be screened in the schools.

Mr Arko another parent and a professional teacher called on parents to support the schools with PPE and other logistics to help fight COVID-19 in the schools while ensuring strict adherence to the COVID-19 safety protocols for the safety of children at home.

President Akufo-Addo in his address to the nation on 31 May, 2020, to provide an update on COVID-19 pandemic, announced the reopening for only final year students for tertiary institutions on Monday, June 15, 2020 with six weeks of academic work and four weeks for exams with all classes in split groups.
Re-opening for only Senior High final year students and SHS 2 Gold Track students on Monday, June 22, 2020 with six weeks of academic work and five weeks for WASSCE with no more than 25 students in a class, all day students in Boarding Schools going to boarding, day schools having enhanced daily health protocols, dining being in batches in boarding schools, no visitors allowed, and no religious activities, sports and sporting events.

For Junior High Schools (JHS), re-opening will be on Monday, June 29, 2020 for only final year students with eleven weeks of academic work and one week for BECE with no more than 30 students in a class. Classes will be from 9:00am to 1:00pm each day with no breaks outside the classroom while schools will have enhanced daily health protocols without religious activities, sports or sporting events.

The Ministry said there would be disinfection of all educational institutions (public and private), provision of WASH facilities for all schools, provision of washable and reusable facemasks for all students and staff, mapping of all schools to health facilities and no mass gathering.

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Old Students of Wa SHS Lauds Appointment of Two of their Members to Top Positions

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Wa Senior High School Old Students Association (WASOSA) has lauded the appointment of two of their members to two top positions.

Legal practitioner Yonny Kulendi has been sworn in as a Justice of the Supreme Court while Mahama Kappiah has been appointed the permanent representative Ambassador of the Economic Community of West African States(ECOWAS) to the United Nations.

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WASOSA, eulogizing the appointees in a statement, said: ”Members of the association are not unaware of your dynamism, intellectual capability, honesty and above all excellence in the academic and extra-curricular activities your student days at our alma mater, commonly referred as Great Wasec.”

They further stated ”it is with our strongest conviction that you will use your dynamism, foresight, wisdom, deep knowledge and individual expertise in the energy sector  and professionalism at law respectively not only to spearhead the development agenda of the Upper West region  in the area of education but also to advocate for the necessary reforms  in your specialized areas of expertise and professionalism in the energy sector and the judiciary, which will contribute to renewable energy efficiency and advancement of democracy and in particular human rights respectively in Ghana  in particular  and Africa in general.

“The association is convinced beyond reasonable doubt that their tenure of appointments will witness the desired improvement in the academic fortunes of their alma mater, which will contribute in no small measure in making it an institution of academic excellence and discipline.”

They concluded the statement wishing the duo the guidance of Almighty God as they perform their roles in their respective offices.

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Gov’t Completes 236 SHS Projects — MoE

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Some 236 projects out of 822 contracts awarded by the government for companies to provide infrastructural projects at the senior high school (SHS) level across the country to improve access to secondary education have been completed.

The Minister of Education, Dr. Matthew Opoku Prempeh, aka Napo, who made the disclosure in Parliament on 2nd June, 2020, said 56 of the completed projects are in the Ashanti Region, 15 in the Bono Region, 10 in the Central Region, 23 in the Eastern Region, 26 in the Northern Region, and 19 in the Upper East Region.

The Western Region has 18, 13 for Greater Accra, 13 for Volta, seven for Oti, nine for Bono East, five for Western North, five for Ahafo and four for the Savannah Region, he added.

Answering questions on the Floor of the House, Dr. Prempeh, who is also the Member of Parliament (MP) for Manhyia South, indicated that the projects included three-unit classroom blocks, six-unit classroom blocks, 12-unit classroom blocks, and 18-unit classroom blocks.

The rest are single-storey dormitory blocks, two-storey dormitory blocks, three-storey dormitory blocks, rehabilitation works and other structures.

The MP for Builsa South, Dr. Clement Apaak, asked the minister the number of senior high schools benefitting from the 804 infrastructural projects announced by the Education Ministry.

The minister said the government had exceeded the target and increased it by 20 projects, and continued that these infrastructural projects formed part of the ministry’s strategic plan to improve equitable access to quality education delivery in the country.

He noted that the projects were provided on “a need basis” criteria and said this was as a result of students’ preference for some particular schools, and added that the remaining 586 projects were at various stages of completion.

“Mr. Speaker, the ministry is guided by its strategy plan to improve equitable access to, and participate in, quality education delivery in the country. The provision of school infrastructure is one of the ways to improve access to education.”

Source: Daily Guide

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Govt has Fully Paid GHS 900m Debt to Contractors – MoE reveals

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The Minister for Education, Dr. Mathew Opoku Prempeh A.k.a NAPO says the Akufo-Addo government has fully paid all contractors in charge of the community day Senior High Schools, popularly known as the E-block schools commenced under the Mahama administration.

The Education Minister in an interview on Peace FM’s ‘Kokrokoo’ show told Kwame Sefa Kayi that the past Mahama government awarded a GHc900 million contracts to the construction companies to build the E-block schools but failed to pay the contractors.

According to NAPO, the Akufo-Addo led government has duly paid off the amount to ensure completion for all school children to benefit from the government’s free SHS programme.

“There is no contractor in any Secondary school doing a Secondary school project who is owed by government of Ghana. I called on them to challenge me and up till now, no one has come out to challenge this. If the school is not yet done, then it is the fault of the contractor but not that we haven’t paid the contractor.”

“We are however cancelling a lot of contracts and award them to different contractors because the NDC gave the contracts to [I don’t want to say NDC contractors] but the contractors are not performing; so no one should blame the government…GHc900 million cedis was the certificates that were signed for work done that the NDC left but we have paid it in full,” he stated.

E-block Schools

Former President John Dramani Mahama, during his tenure in office, promised to establish 200 community day Senior High Schools before the end of his regime.

John Mahama, however, couldn’t complete all the schools before his party NDC was voted out of office in 2016 for president Akufo-Addo to take over.

Before the beginning of the Akufo-Addo government, only about 50 E-block schools had been completed and operational with the rest either at ground level or not constructed.

The current government has continued the project by completing work on seventeen (17) out of 23 selected schools.

The remaining six (6) are at various levels of completion.

Source: PeaceFM

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ACECD to Construct a Learning Centre For Apesokubi

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ACECD Construct A Learning Centre For Apesokubi 

On 3rd June 2020, the Chiefs and Elders of Apesokubi Traditional Area cut the sod for the construction of an ultra-modern e-Learning Centre at Apesokubi D/A JHS in the Biakoye District of Oti region.

The project is fully funded by the Africa Centre For Education And Community Development (ACECD).

ACECD is a not-for-profit organisation dedicated to advancing education and social development in sub-Saharan Africa. The organisation focuses mainly on holistic education and infrastructural development, social and economic empowerment, Climate change, and sustainable development.

The Chiefs and the Elders thanked the Board of Directors, the Executive Director Rev. Fr. Richard Kwabena Akrofi Baafi and the Country Director Kofi Baafi for their constant support for the Apesokubi community in the area of infrastructural development.

The Chiefs acknowledged the importance of e-Learning for quality education in modern society. During this time that the COVID-19 Pandemic has made face-to-face school attendance difficult, such a facility will contribute significantly to improving teaching and learning including adult learning.

The project is expected to be completed in 12-weeks approximately.

Source: modernghana.com

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Campus: UPSA Re-opens To Non-registered Final Year Students

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The University of Professional Studies, Accra will reopen on January 04, 2021
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UPSA REOPENS TO NON-REGISTERED FINAL YEAR STUDENTS

UPSA Vice Chancellor, Professor Abednego Okoe Feehi Amartey

The University of Professional Studies, Accra is asking final year students who are not taking part in the ongoing Take Home Examination to report to campus on June 15, 2020.

These students would be given the opportunity to complete the 2019/2020 academic year successfully, the school in a statement dated June 2, 2020, said.

However, those students have to pay all outstanding fees before they will benefit from the new arrangement.

The statement from the UPSA comes hours after the President announced some measures to ease restrictions across the country.

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Koforidua Technical University Extends Its Course Registration Date

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The Management of the Koforidua Technical University (KTU) has extended the course registration which was initially scheduled to end on May 31, 2020, to Tuesday, June 30, 2020.

According to the University, the extension is to give students who as at now have not completed their registration process for the academic semester ample time to do so.

The Management by this extension entreats all students who are yet to register to kindly use this opportunity to do so before the new deadline.

It added that any new development on the registration will be immediately communicated to the University community.

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UE/R: TUTAG swears in Five Newly Elected Executives into Office

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Five new executive members of the Technical University Teachers Association of Ghana (TUTAG) of the Bolgatnaga Technical University (BTU), have been sworn into office.

The new executive has a four-year mandate to ran affairs of the Technical University (TU). They are; Mr. Oswald Atiga Chairman, Mad. Leticia Yamga Vice, Dr. George Duut Secretary Baba Ayannor Organizing Secretary and Mr. Redruth Ayimpoya.

The old executive held the ford for the past four years when the Institute was then Bolgatanga Polytechnic until the 3rd of April, 2020 when parliament amended the Technical Universities Act (922) converting the Bolgatanga Polytechnic to Technical University.

Speaking to Radio Ghana, the outgoing Chairman of Bolgatnaga TUTAG Emmanuel Akampagji explained that, the old executive had some challenges transforming from POTAG to TUTAG as it was the transition period, they were able to blazed the odds and now TUTAG stands as part of Technical Universities (TU).

He indicated further that, they also able to put some new reforms to their mutual fund established tier three pension scheme known as provident fund in line with the new pension’s scheme among others. He therefore tasked the incoming executive to ensure they continue from where he left.

The incoming Chairman Mr. Oswald Atiga on behalf of the new executive thanked the old ones for their dedicated service adding that leadership is all about team work and with concerted efforts, he will leave no stone unturn.

Mr. Atiga stated that no one is a repository of knowledge and will welcome any productive suggestion as he intend to work on an open door policy for all shades of opinions in order to succeed.

The new chairman, Oswald Atiga
Outgoing chairman, Emmanuel Akampagii

Story filed by: Akayeti Emmenuel

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UEW To Award Freash Scholarship to 2019/2020 Under-Listed Applicants

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UEW to award scholarships to under-listed students who applied in 2019/2020

Following recommendations from the Scholarship Committee, the Management Board of the UEW Vice–Chancellor’s Scholarship Fund has announced to award fresh scholarships to the under-listed students who applied for the scholarship in the 2019/2020 academic year.

According to the Board distribution of awards, letters will be done on the various campuses of the University at the appropriate time.

Management of the University of Education, Winneba (UEW) added that its relevant stakeholders will be informed in due course.

Source: https://websaet.com

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UHAS Admissions Entry Requirements for Certificate Holders

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Passes (A1-C6 / A-D) in English, Core Mathematics, Integrated Science and Social Studies (input all the four core subjects when applying) in addition to three elective subjects applicable to the programme of choice

(Applicants should note that they are expected to have at least C6/D in Social Studies. However, the core subjects considered for calculating their aggregates are English Language, Core Mathematics and Integrated Science)

2. A-LEVEL APPLICANTS

Candidates must have the General Certificate of Education at Ordinary Level in five (5) subjects, including English and Mathematics, in addition to: Chemistry, Physics and Biology; additionally, General Science and any other subjects plus the General Certificate of Education at Advanced Level or its equivalent in the following subjects: Biology, Chemistry and Physics or Mathematics.

3. MATURE APPLICANTS ( SCHOOL OF PHARMACY)

Applicants must have obtained a Higher National Diploma (HND) in Dispensing Technology/ Pharmacy Technician Course or its equivalent from an accredited institution with at least three (3) years relevant working experience.

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Applicants must have attained the age of 25 years at the time of submitting the application forms and must have five (5) credits at O-level including English Language, Mathematics, Biology, Chemistry and Physics

1. GENERAL ENTRY REQUIREMENTS FOR OTHER EDUCATIONAL CREDENTIALS

a) IGCSE/IB – To be admitted to the Programme, IGCSE/IB holders must possess at least Grades A*/A-C in English, Mathematics and Biology at the Standard (SL/’O’ Level), in addition to three Higher Level (HL-A to C)/’A’ Level (A to d)/IB2 (A-C) grades in Chemistry, Physics, Biology and Mathematics.

b) General Certificate of Education (GCE) Advanced Level: Applicants should, in addition to credit passes in five (5) GCE ‘O’ Level subjects (including English and Mathematics), have three (3) passes in Chemistry, Biology and Physics or Mathematics at the Advanced Level.

c) American High School Grade – Grades 12&13 examinations

2. International Applicants and Ghanaians with External Educational Credentials in the following:

i. Senior Secondary School Certificates (WASSCE/SSSCE)
ii. International Baccalaureate (IB)
iii. GCE (Cambridge) – ‘O’ and ‘A’ Levels
iv. IGSCE (Cambridge) – ‘O’ and ‘A’ Levels
v. American High School Grade – Grades 12&13 examinations
vi. Other external qualifications which have equivalences to the WASSCE/SSSCE and the GCE (A Levels)

d) Baccalaureate (From French-speaking countries), and other Foreign High School Diploma equivalent to WASSCE. Other International Students having equivalent qualifications may apply for admission. NB: Foreign Certificates must receive authentication and equivalencies from Ghana National Accreditation Board, Foreign students must have their high school certificates and diplomas translated into English if they are not written in English.

The point of entry for all admitted applicants is Level 100.

Source: uhas.edu.gh

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Winners of National Short Story Writing Challenge to be announced on July 1 by GHLA

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GHLA to announce National Short Story Writing Challenge winner on July 1

The Ghana Library Authority (GHLA) says it will on July 1, 2020 announced the winner of the National Short Story Writing Challenge, an open subject story writing contest for children from age 9 to 18

The Ghana Library Authority as part of measures to stimulate the minds of young people and to optimize responsible use of time during the stay-at-home as a temporal school break amid COVID-19 launched the “National Short Story Writing Challenge” to curate more short stories by young people and make it available for it wider audience through the Ghana Library App.

The purpose of the National Short Story Writing Challenge is to inspire young writers nationwide to showcase their creative and critical thinking skills.

According to the organizers of the competition, the winner will receive GHC1000, 1st runners- up will receive GHC500 and 2nd runners- up will receive GHC300.

The winners will be ambassadors and also have their stories published on the Ghana Library App.

Source: websaet.com

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UG Basic School Student wins 2019 National Cyber Robotics Coding Competition

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University of Ghana Basic School student wins 2019 National Cyber Robotics Coding Competition

Ethan Nartey, a form 2 pupil of the University of Ghana Basic School has emerged the winner of the 2019 edition of the Ghana Cyber Robotics Coding Competition.

The University of Ghana Basic School representative known in the competition as Team EthanE, came top with a total score of 1,431.

Daniel Asamoah, who is in form 1 and a mate to Ethan secured 8th position with 550 points.

TeamEthanE came first ahead of colleagues from various basic and high schools throughout the country.

The competition, which started in 2019 came to a successful end last month this year after several stages of gaming and competing.

Consequently, the next edition will begin in the last quarter of 2020 and winner crowned in following year, 2021.

The 2020 edition will consequently begin in the last quarter of this year but would be announced in 2021.

The competition targets all students irrespective of the level of education such that by learning to program and strategizing the virtual robot, a student can compete within their class, grade, school, district and state to win the stages and progress to the finals.

The mode of Competition under this global contest is through gaming and competing with the focus on STEM education, coding and tech literacy.

Source: universnewsroom.com

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Final-year SHS Students To Take Part in Voter’s Registration Exercise

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SHS final year students (18yrs) to take part in voter’s registration exercise – NAPO

SHS final year students (18yrs) to take part in EC's voter's registration exercise - NAPO

The Minister for Education and Member of Parliament for Manhyia Constituency, Hon. Dr. Mathew Opoku Prempeh has said Senior High School (SHS) students between the ages of 18 years and above will be authorized to take part in the voters’ registration exercise in their various schools.

The Member of Parliament disclosed this in an interview with Kwame Sefa Kayi on PeaceFM’s Kokrokoo monitored by websaet.com on June 4, 2020.

Dr. Mathew Opoku Prempeh, when asked by host Kwame Sefa Kayi whether final year students will be allowed to take part in the Electoral Commission (EC) voters registration exercise, answered: “As per arrangement by the EC every Senior high school in the country is a registration centre and so for that matter every final year student who is 18 years of age and eligible to be registered will not be denied to do so”.

“Since only SHS final year students will be in school during that period it will be the best and easiest way to identify students who are 18 years and those who are not” NAPO added.

He furthered that all the Senior high schools across the country have the accurate date of birth (DOB) of every final year student to prove their eligibility to be registered as a voter.

Source: websaet.com

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Communications Minister outdoors Second edition of ‘Girls-in-ICT Competition’

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Second edition of 'Girls-in-ICT competition launched

The Minister for Communication, Mrs. Ursula Owusu-Ekufful has outdoor the second edition of Girls-in ICT competition, popularly known as ‘MISSGIG Ghana’, in Accra

The prime purpose of the iniative is to bring out the interest of girls and young women between the ages of 13 and 21 years to pursue technology and engineering courses and careers to enable them secure jobs in the digital space.

The Minister speaking at a news conference in Accra on Wednesday to launch the competition said participants were expected to identify the problem within their communities to which they could suggest a solution based on ICT to resolve it.

According to her, the programme formed part of the International Telecommunications Union’s (ITU) initiative to motivate and charge girls and young women to consider careers in the field of ICT.

Mrs Owusu-Ekuful said the Ministry would promote girls’ interest in ICT and not only being consumers of ICT but becoming active drivers of ICT innovations and ensure gender equality in fulfilment of the SDG goal five.

Therefore, interested girls with between the ages of 13 and 21 are to visit the Ministry’s website: www.moc.gov.gh to download the application and guidelines to apply for this year’s competition.

Ursula said shortlisted applicants would undergo a Masterclass training in coding, basic computer training, and how to pitch their ideas.

She disclosed that the top three shortlists would receive attractive prizes and be appointed as ambassadors of the programme to spread information about the achievements of Girls-in-ICT and Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (STEM).

Mrs Owusu-Ekuful said amid to the coronavirus pandemic, all the activities of the competition would be held virtually (online) and urged girls and young women to apply.

Ms Selasi AmA kwanu emerged the ultimate winner for the 2019 edition of the Girls-in-ICT programme, which was announced at the Innovation Africa Summit in Accra for developing an application to prevent electronic stealing in mobile money transaction known as ‘Kasa Cash System’ to help suppress fraud in mobile money.

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Education Regulatory Bodies Bill Passed By Parliament

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Parliament passes Education regulatory bodies Bill, 2019

The Ghana Parliament has on today Thursday, June 4, 2020, unanimously passed the Education Regulatory Bodies Bill, 2019 to effectively and efficiently manage the education sector in Ghana.

The approved bill will restructure and merge the existing National Council for Tertiary Education and the National Accreditation Board into one institution to be called the Ghana Tertiary Education Commission.

The Act is also expected to unify the Council for Technical and Vocational Education and Training, the National Board for Professional and Technician Examinations and the National Vocational Training Institute into a new agency to be called the National Commission for Technical and Vocational Education and Training.

The Act will also deal with the administrative and financial provisions in respect of the five regulatory bodies established under the Bill and provides for the National Teaching Council, the National Inspectorate Authority, and the National Council for Curriculum and Assessment respectively.

The passage of the Education regulatory bodies Bill came after it had undergone thorough amendments at the consideration stage when it was laid and read the first time at the plenary by the Minister responsible for Education Dr. Mathew Osei Prempeh on Wednesday 29th May 2019.

The Speaker Rt. Hon. Professor Michael Aaron Oquaye then subsequently referred it to the Select Committee on Education for consideration and report.

The Act is made up of six parts describing the structures of the various Regulatory Bodies and consists of 118 Clauses with two Schedules.

The 118 Clauses and two Schedules consist of information required for an Application for Accreditation and Form of Accreditation Certificate.

The authorization for the passage given to the Bill followed the approval by the House after agreeing that it is imperative that effective education regulatory structures, laws, and institutions are established to help improve the quality of the educational sector.

preliminary to the approval of the Bill, the Majority Leader and MP for Suame, Osei Kyei-Mensah-Bonsu, moved the motion for it to be read the third time and it was seconded by the Member of Parliament for Wa West Constituency Joseph Yieleh Chireh.

President Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo is expected to give the presidential assent.

Source: websaet.com

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UEW Programmes Offered By The Various Campuses and Faculties

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Programmes by the Various campuses of UEW.

College of Agriculture Education – Mampong Campus

The Asante Mampong Campus hosts the College of Agriculture Education and is situated 51 kilometres north-east of Kumasi. The Asante Mampong campus is the home of the Faculty of Agriculture Education, and the Faculty of Science and Environment Education.

Faculty of Agriculture Education

• Department of Agricultural Engineering

• Department of Animal Science Education

• Department of Interdisciplinary Studies

• Department of Soil and Crop Science Education

Faculty of Science and Environmental Education

• Department of Science Education

• Department of Environmental Health & Sanitation Science 

College of Technology Education – Kumasi Campus

The Kumasi Campus which hosts the College of Technology Education is about 320 kilometres away from Winneba, the main campus. The College is made up of the Faculty of Business Education, Faculty of Vocational and Technical Education and the Faculty of Education and Communication Sciences.

Faculty of Business Education

• Accounting Studies Education

• Management Studies Education

Faculty of Vocational Education Fashion

• Design and Textiles Education

• Hospitality and Tourism Education

Faculty of Technical Education

• Automotive and Electrical Technology Education

• Construction and Wood Technology Education

• Information Technology Education

• Mechanical Technology Education

Faculty of Education and Communication Sciences

• Counselling Unit

• Educational Leadership

• English and Communication Studies Unit

College of Languages Education – Ajumako Campus

The Ajumako Campus currently hosts the students of the Department of Akan-Nzema Education, Ewe Education and Ga–Dangme Education of The Faculty of Languages Education. Gradually the Faculty of Languages Education will move from the Winneba Campus to the Ajumako Campus and will eventually become the College of Languages Education.

Faculty of Languages Education

• Department of Akan-Nzema Education

• Department of Applied Linguistics

• Department of English Education

• Department of French Education

• Department of Gur – Gonja Education

• Department of Ewe Education

The Winneba Campus – Main Campus

The Winneba Campus is the main campus of the University and is spread over three sites (North, Central and South) within the Effutu Municipality. The central Administration of the University is located at the South Campus. The Winneba Campus hosts the following Faculties, Schools, Institute, Centers and Offices:

Faculty of Social Sciences Education

• Department of Health, Physical Education, Recreation and Sports Education

• Department of Home Economics

• Departments of Mathematics Education

• Department of Biology Education

• Department of Social Science Education

• Department of Social Studies Education

• Department of Business Administration

• Department of Health Administration and Education

Institutes and schools

School of Creative Arts

• Department of Art Education

• Department of Graphic Design

• Department of Music School

• Department of Theatre Arts

Institute for Educational Development and Extension

• Center for Continuing Education

• Center for Distance Education

• Center for Teacher Development and Action Research

Institutes for Educational Research and Innovation Studies (IERIS)

• National Center for Research into Basic Education (NCRIBE)

• Center for Educational Policy Studies (CEPS)

• Center for School and Community Science and Technology Studies (SACOST)

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General: KNUST Entry Requirements for WASSCE/SSCE Applicants

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Most first degree Programmes of study are of Four (4) Years duration

Minimum/General Entry Requirements
WASSCE/SSSCE APPLICANTS
An applicant for admission to a degree Programme in the University must have CREDITS in the THREE WASSCE/SSSCE Core Subjects (English Language, Mathematics and Integrated Science), and CREDITS in THREE WASSCE/SSSCE Elective Subjects or its equivalent relevant to the chosen programme with aggregate 24 or better (WASSCE: A1-C6/SSSCE A-D) D7, E8 & F9 ARE NOT ACCEPTABLE FOR ADMISSION PURPOSES.

** It is worth noting that the THREE CORE SUBJECTS are prerequisite for all Programmes of study at our University

Source: knust.edu.gh

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Death Trap: The 72-Year-Old Dilapidated Twenedurase Structure Serving As Classroom

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What was constructed many years back, to serve the purpose of a classroom has become a death trap for brilliant students of Twenedurase.

Situated in Kwahu, a community in the Eastern Region, are dilapidated Junior High School classroom blocks posing danger to students and teachers.

Daniel Ofosu Darfour, the Assembly Member of Twenedurase Electoral Area told GhanaWeb, that the building has seen no renovation works since its construction.

The roofing sheets are in shambles, the building is weak; making it inconvenient for teaching and learning.

“We really need urgent help. The sight of the classroom block is heart-breaking,” he told GhanaWeb. “Once there are signals of rains, the students are asked to go home because of fear of collapse of the building. Aside the fear that grips the teachers, there are leakages which make it impossible to have them under the roof during rainy seasons.”

He recalled portions of the classroom block collapsed years ago.

“The students were in the classroom when it collapsed. Fortunately, none died,” he remarked while expressing gratitude to God for sparing the lives of the students.

Headmistress of the school, Franklina Offei, expressed how uncomfortable the situation is. To make matters worse, snakes which have forced her out of her office.

“The roof leaks, snakes have sacked me from the office so I mostly operate from the primary school block. Sometimes, you get to the office and notice a snake has coiled itself in waiting,” she said. “I’m scared so I don’t sit there.”

The menace and the need for swift action to be taken, she said, has been communicated to appropriate authorities on several occasions. To her dismay, no steps have been taken to change the narrative. She told a team of donors and the media that she has had to use her income for some changes she desires to see on the school compound with the support of some residents.

“It’s not encouraging teaching under such conditions,” she said with a devastated tone. “I’ve sent photos and pictures of the building to District Director of Education and the District Chief Executive. They’ve all been here but nothing has been done about the building.”

According to the headmistress, the students are taught ICT but have no computer laboratory. She mentioned that one of the teachers who owns a computer has been making his available for teaching and learning. Since the school has no electricity, the said teacher sends the computer home and charges the battery whenever it is exhausted.

Despite the time bomb which stares at them, the students, she said, have been excelling in their examinations. She touted the schools achievements over the years and expressed optimism of greater heights, should authorities and donors come to their aid.

Source: ghanaweb.com

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Full Guide: How to Create a Verified PayPal Account in Ghana

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PayPal is one of the well-established and deeply rooted companies that allows for payments to be made from the international countries. The company has made it comfortable for transactions to be made between different continents without the fears of fraud. The system has also made it possible for the funds to be deposited directly to the client’s account. Before we get further on PayPal, it will be wise for us to set the facts straight on how to create a PayPal account in Ghana.

How to create a PayPal account in Ghana
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In as much as PayPal is a convenient means of conducting transactions from international countries, it’s use is not supported in some countries like Egypt, Nigeria and Ghana. This, however, does not mean that you cannot create a PayPal account or transact while in these countries. Following this guide will provide you with the necessary hacks on how to create a PayPal account in Ghana.

Why is it necessary to have a PayPal account?

Whether you are an online business person or not, owning a verified PayPal account is vital. There is so much that the account allows you to do. Some of these activities include;

  1. Buying items from online stores like Alibaba
  2. Paying for online courses
  3. Paying for software licences
  4. Receiving payments from blogs or online advertisements.
  5. Paying for membership of online sites like dating sites.
  6. Paying for online applications on the Google Play store, or buying music from iTunes.
  7. Paying for your domain or host services from specified sites like Hostgator.
  8. For transactions regarding payments for online businesses and related

How do I open a verified PayPal account?

How to create a PayPal account in Ghana
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PayPal is restricted in some countries, for instance, in countries like Ghana, Nigeria and Egypt, the citizens cannot perform transactions, let alone own PayPal accounts. That, however, does not mean that when in Ghana, it is impossible to access it or rather use it. It also does not require an Information technology guru to manoeuvre the way out.

These simple steps will provide you with PayPal Ghana solutions. The solutions will enlighten you on how you can create and operate your PayPal account at ease, regardless of Ghana being restricted in the country;

  • On your browser, enter the address that you want to search as paypal.com/ke. The address that we have opted to use is Kenyan since Kenya is supported for use, whereas Ghana is not. You can always replace the IP address with the domain of a country that supports PayPal.
  • Clicking on the search option will open an interface with several options; among them, there is a signup option and a PayPal login option. Click on the signup option.
  • Clicking on the signup option will lead you to the account type options, the personal account and the business account. The personal account offers you the opportunity of securely shopping within your country or the rest of the world at the comfort of your computer or mobile phone. The second option is the business account option which allows you to receive payments from all around the globe without the constraints of time and distance. This option also allows you to send invoices to your customers. Of the two options, click on the business account option, and click on continue.
  • Clicking on the continue option will lead you to the next option which is entering your email address. From here henceforth, you are advised to key in accurate details because PayPal is sensitive, especially if the details you provide do not match. After keying in your email address, click on next.
  • After keying in your email address, the next dialogue box will require you to sign up for a business account by providing the following details;
How to create a PayPal account in Ghana
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Your password.

  1. Your first and last name, respectively.
  2. Your business name.
  3. For the country, select Ghana.
  4. Enter your phone number, address, town, postal code.
  5. For the currency, select US dollars and click on the Agree and continue option.
  • After feeding these details, a verification code will be sent in the next dialogue box, enter it correctly on the next box.

The following dialogue box will require you to give details about your business type

  • The next step will require you to select your nationality, for this case choose the country of the domain that you used while searching for PayPal, for this case, enter Kenya. For the official document, select your national ID. Enter the details on your national ID number, your date of birth, and click on submit.
  • After submitting these details, PayPal will respond by sending an email on the email address that you provided at the start. By clicking on the email address that PayPal sends you, go ahead and verify your PayPal account.

How to create a verified PayPal account

After signing up and providing your details, PayPal will contact you via your email address asking you to verify your account. This is the last but most crucial step during this procedure as it is the step that one should undertake for their PayPal account to be verified.

How to link your PayPal account

How to create a PayPal account in Ghana
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The linking option is one of the smartest and most improved features of PayPal. These features allow you to select the elements of your choice comfortably.

During the PayPal Ghana verification stage, on the business account setup option, click on the profile option on the top right corner of your screen. Clicking that option will display a list of options, click on the link and confirm debit or credit card which will require you to specify your card type, whether it is a visa card or master card. After determining your type of card, you will be required to enter the card number, which is on the back of your card. You will also be required to register the expiry date on the card. Apart from that, you will also be required to enter the card verification number, which is the three digits on the front of the card, and click on continue.

After clicking on continue, PayPal will send you an alphanumeric code, either to your email or the phone number that you provide when keying in your details. Copy the four digits only, from the code. Click on the profiles option, then select the link and confirm debit and credit card option, then feed in the four numbers on the code to finalize the process of account verification, and it will be ready for use.

Following this systematic procedure will guide you on how to create a PayPal account for free. The most crucial part that you should pay attention is the details that you key in; they have to be valid. The most sensitive information that you should focus on is your name, your address and the information on the card. The procedure on how to create a PayPal account in Ghana is as simple as that.

Source: Yen.com.gh

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Notice: Teacher Trainees’ Allowances Being Processed for Payment

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Allowances of Trainees at the various Colleges of Education are being processed for a possible payment by the end of June 2020.

The Students Loan Trust Fund in a discussion with EducationGhana’s Ellis Ferdinand indicated that the students shall hopefully receive their allowances by the end of June as it is currently being processed.

Confirming the possibility of payment, the Minister for Education, Dr. Matthew Opoku Prempeh indicated that the allowances of the Trainees are being processed for payment.

Briefing the media on the reopening of schools on Tuesday, June 2,2020, the Minister said the allowances are being paid only when trainees are in school.

He added that all Final year Tertiary Education students are expected to resume academic works on June 15, 2020.

Dr Mathew Opoku Prempeh also said he shall be meeting with the Principals of the various Colleges of Education in the afternoon of Tuesday June 2,2020 to elaborate further on matters affecting Colleges of Education in the country.

Source: educationghana.net

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Stratcomm Africa Rewards Winners Of Reading And Writing Competition For Media Kids

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The children of a media personnel and a PRO have emerged winners of the Stratcomm Africa “Read IT, Write IT, Say IT Better Competition – kids of media maiden edition.
 
Master Adom Adu-Gyasi, aged 10, son of Dennis Adu-Gyasi a freelancer and PRO of the Ghana Association of Medical Laboratory Scientist, and Master Darrel Nortey Dowuona, aged 12, son of Samuel Dowuona formerly of Adom FM online, won cash prizes with stationery and T-shirts after beating off stiff competition from other contestants.
 
Stratcomm Africa designed this edition of the Read IT, Write IT, Say IT Better Competition for children of media Personnel to promote reading and writing among them especially during this time that children are having to spend an extended period out of school due to the COVID – 19 pandemic. Children of media personnel who participated in the competition were required to read a book, answer questions on the book they read, and win prizes. 

Read It, Write it, Say it Better is a Stratcomm Africa initiative for helping to develop in children skills in reading and writing, and communication.

The parents of the two children Adom and Darrel expressed excitement about their wards emerging winners in the competition and thanked Stratcomm Africa for organizing the competition. They both described the activity as extremely beneficial.

 Mrs. Shula Glymin, an accomplished educationist, was the Judge for the competition. Shula had this to say, “It was such a delight working on this activity as I came to appreciate once again the amazing talents Ghana is blessed with.  Helping children bring out the best in them is such a joy and I am glad this competition provided the opportunity to achieve just that.” “I applaud Stratcomm Africa for this Initiative” she added.

Media and Stakeholder Relations Lead at Stratcomm Africa, Mr. Bernard Nii Addotey Allotey said the competition is Stratcomm Africa’s way of showing appreciation to the media for their contribution in this difficult time.  “The media alongside health workers continue to provide us essential services to ensure that we stay informed and are safe”. He congratulated all participants and saluted the winners saying, “Excellence is Stratcomm Africa’s hallmark and we are always delighted to see people excel. We are very proud of these children who did excellent work. We encourage them to keep it up and use their skills to contribute to Ghana’s development. Some of them may also find themselves working in Stratcomm Africa someday!”
For Stratcomm Africa reading and writing help to develop creativity, analytical thinking, and effective communication skills.


Entries for the next competition will be opened soon. It will cover children of interested media personnel and health workers. Age categories will include 5-7, 8-10 and 11- 13 years.

Source: Peacefmonline.com

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WAEC To Publish Official 2020 WASSCE Timetable If….

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The Management of Ghana West Africa Examination Council (WAEC) says they will publish a timetable for Ghana Exams if they are unable to reach an agreement with other member states of the Council.

The Examination Council said the Ghana Exams timetable is still at the preparatory stage adding that it will as soon as possible release it for prospective candidates when it’s ready.

The Head of Public Affairs at Ghana WAEC office, Madam Agnes Teye Cudjoe speaking to Citi FM said “WAEC will be conducting exams for candidates who will be taking the WASCCE and the BECE [Basic Education Certificate Exams]. As of now, we are still in discussions as to whether any of the member countries will join.”

“If they are unable to reach an agreement with other member states, we will publish a timetable for Ghanaian final year students…The timetable is still at the preparatory stage so we will inform people accordingly when the timetable is ready,” she added.

The WAEC official assured that the Council will conduct the Ghana Exams in replace of the WASSCE if other member countries of the body do not arrive at a conclusion.

She furthered that WAEC is also set to conduct the Basic Education Certificate Examination (BECE) for final year students in basic schools.

Madam Agnes Teye explained that BECE is for junior high school candidates organized locally in Ghana whilst WASSCE is standardized for senior high school candidates in West Africa, therefore the conduct of the 2020 BECE is guaranteed.

The President of the Republic, Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo on Sunday, May 31 directed for schools to reopen for only final year students in the country to enable them to complete their academic year and sit for their final exams.

Source: websaet.com

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Relocate To Campus, UG To Internet-Challenged Students As E-Learning Continues

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The University of Ghana has announced that it will continue with the remainder of the academic work for the second semester online as earlier planned despite President Nana Akufo-Addo’s easing of the COVID-19 restrictions to allow final-year students to go back to school.

Announcing the easing of the restrictions on Sunday, 31 May 2020, President Akufo-Addo said: “From Monday, 15 June 2020, the decision has been taken, after engagement with the Teacher Unions, whose co-operation I salute, to re-open schools and universities to allow for final-year junior high, senior high and university students to resume classes ahead of the conduct of their respective exit examinations.

“Indeed, final-year university students are to report to their universities on 15th June; final-year senior high school (SHS 3) students, together with SHS 2 Gold Track students, on 22nd June; and final-year junior high school (JHS 3) students on 29th June. JHS 3 classes will comprise a maximum of thirty (30) students; SHS classes a maximum of twenty-five (25) students; and University lectures will take place with half the class sizes”.

“All final-year students of educational and training institutions, which are being managed by Ministries other than the Education Ministry, are to return to school on 15th June to complete their exit examinations”.

However, in a press statement issued on Wednesday, 3 June 2020 by the Pro-Vice-Chancellor of the University of Ghana, Prof. Nana Aba Appiah Amfo, the University said its “ongoing Online Teaching and Learning Programme for the second semester of the 2019/2020 academic year will progress as planned. Therefore, examinations for all students, including final-year students, scheduled to commence from June 8, 2020, to July 3, 2020, will proceed as originally planned”.

It said: “Arrangements are being made to receive registered final-year students who may wish to relocate to the campuses of the University to make use of on-campus resources from June 15, 2020, till July 3, 2020, which is the end of the examination period”.

“All final-year students who were unable to participate in the Online Teaching and Learning Programme, are expected back on campus from June 15, 2020. Make-up lessons will be from June 22, 2020 to July 10, 2020. Final examinations will be from July 18 to August 1, 2020”, the statement noted.

Source: ghanaweb.com

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COVID-19: University of Ghana Begins Online Exams on 8th June, 2020

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The management of University of Ghana has confirmed the school will start their examinations on June 8th and complete on July 3rd 2020.

A statement from the University of Ghana to the Ghana News Agency, Accra. On Tuesday, the revealed that there are arrangements and intentions being made for the registered final year students, who wish to relocate to various campuses of the school.

The school has also stated that resources for the final year students, who are to open school on 15th of June, will be available in good quantities.

The University also stated that, the ongoing E-learning and teaching of the second semester for the year 2019/2020 academic year would progress as usual as planned by the board.

The final year students who missed the E-Learning, are advised to come to school on 15th June, begin studies on 22nd June and finish on 10th July 2020. Then they will start their examinations on August 1st 2020. Students offering sandwich can also come to school and complete their examination June 15th 2020.

University of Ghana’s statement also emphasised that, students who aren’t in final year should not come to the institution’s premises, while protocols on campus are being worked on.

This statement is in response to the Presidential Address to the nation on reopening of schools for final years.

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Sick Final Year Students Won’t be Allowed in Schools – Education Ministry

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After President Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo’s announcement for reopening of schools for final year students during his 10th National Address on COVID-19, the Public Relations Officer (PRO) of the Ministry of Education (MoE) has advised students who are sick or under medication to stay home until they are fit.

The PRO during media engagements said:

It’s the responsibility of parents to take care of their wards, should school authorities suspect a case of fever, malaria, or any kind of sickness, the child will be asked to come home.

He noted that it’s necessary for parents or guardians to understand that “we are not in normal times” so they must make sure their wards feel safe before they can report to school.

“However, if they are in school, then teachers, who serve as temporal parents, will now have to report the issue to any of the health directorates available,” he observed.

The PRO reiterated that students who are sick or unwell can continue to use online and other digital platforms to learn as they prepare for the proposed 2020 Ghana exams.

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WASSCE (PC) NOVDEC Registration Fees Now Payable Via Mobile Money on All Networks

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WAEC private exams registration fees now payable with MoMo on all networks

WAEC private exams registration fees now payable with MoMo

The Management of the West Africa Examinations Council (WAEC) has introduced the use of mobile money (MoMo) for the payment of registration fees for private candidates examination namely: the WASSCE for Private Candidates and BECE for Private Candidates.

The Examination Council explained that Candidates after going through the registration process online now have the option of dialing *944# and use any of the mobile money platforms to pay their fees

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“This easy and convenient process will provide an opportunity for candidates in the wake of the COVID-19 pandemic to register for the examination and make payments without going to the bank”. WAEC stated

According to West African Examinations Council (WAEC), the service is available on MTN, AIRTEL/TIGO, and VODAFONE networks

WAEC introduced this payment method with MOMO on all networks to control Covid-19

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WASSCE/BECE 2020 Revision Guide for Writing Candidates

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This 2020 WASSCE/BECE revision strategies for serious students only based on my personal learning strategies as well as researched is aimed at helping students use efficient and effective methods to revise for their WASSCE/BECE examinations. These personal strategies can be implemented for any examination as well.

Your performance in tests or exams hinges largely on how well you practice and revise, so consideration should be given to new preparation methods to help you retain information and reduce stress levels you prepare for your examination. For this reason, this revision strategy for 2020 WASSCE/BECE will help you reach your full potential and share some new tips on revising for exams.

The strategies shared herein by the writer are well-tested tricks that can boost your performance in the final exams if you practice them religiously during the study. It all depends on your attitude toward learning and the goals you want to achieve. At this point, if you are not serious about your study, you can end it here.

Revision is key in the life of any serious student preparing for the examination. The moment you start revising, you have to focus your efforts on achieving your examination targets. Do not wait for others to remind you of the need to revise, be responsible and start without being pressured, this way you will enjoy each session.

Sad to say, I have come across students in basic school preparing for the BECE, WASSCE final year students as well as countless students at the university who wait until the last minute before they start to revise. This created panic moments and worsened the plight of many with examination stress. Such persons hardly do well in the exams and keep taking the same examination set by WAEC

The first rule of revision is to START EARLY.

You are better off starting your revision early because, it will help you cover so much, you can have days off and spend less time per revision lesson or learning. Late start makes students seat so many hours. There is a student who delays revision and only ends up spending 8 to 10 hours at a time revising per day.

Revision Strategies for WASSCE/BECE that bring results

Revision is a combination of several activities, most of which you will have to do in the exam hall for each question asked.

During your revision period, you either reading through the subject or note or textbook or make summarized notes from your notes or textbooks. Such notes must be written in your own words or understanding. They must be brief and clear.

You must also attempt to solve past questions. Many examinations like the 2020 WASSCE/BECE will have past questions been repeated or new questions that are similar to the past questions. Hence it is important you try your hands on such questions under strict examination conditions.

Revision should also involve, group discussions as well as teach others what you have learned. This helps you to retain or recollect up to 90% of what you learned.

Ref: NG24

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The Revolutionary Story of Ghana’s 4th June, 1979 Uprising

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Today in History, exactly 41 years ago, on June 4, 1979, Ghana was ushered into its morning life with an announcement on radio by Flight Lieutenant Jerry Rawlings of a change in government by the Armed Forces Revolutionary Council (AFRC). The June 4th Revolution otherwise known as June 4th Uprising arose out of corruption, bad governance & frustration among the general public.

General I. K. Acheampong led a group of disgruntled army officers and usurped Prime Minister Dr Kofi Abrefa Busia’s government in 1972, and formed a government which they called The Supreme Military Council (SMC).

However, in 1978, General Acheampong was accused of economic mismanagement and forced to resign by a group of army officers led by General Akuffo.

On May 15, 1979, less than five weeks before the national elections, the then- Flt. Lt Jerry John Rawlings led a group of junior Ghanaian army officers in an attempted overthrow of the military government of General Fred Akuffo and the Supreme Military Council.

He was then arrested and imprisoned after he led a group of junior Ghanaian army officers in an attempted coup d’état against the military government led by General Fred Akuffo.

On the night of June 3, 1979, a group of junior officers including Major Boakye Djan and enlisted personnel of the Fifth Battalion and the Reconnaissance Regiment in Burma Camp staged a bloody coup and freed Rawlings.

An announcement was made early in the morning of June 4, 1979 at 6 a.m. on Radio Ghana of a change of government.

The voice which made the announcement later at 7.30 a.m. identified itself as that of Flight Lieutenant Jerry Rawlings who was expected in the morning to appear before a court martial at the Burma Camp.

He declared that he and some other ranks had taken over the Government and asked officers and men to report to Nicholson Stadium inside Burma Camp where election of officers would take place.

He invited all officers who knew they had nothing to fear to attend the meeting.

Barely an hour and half later, Major- General N. A. odartey-Wellington, Army Commander, announced on the air that an uprising which occurred in the early hours had been quelled.

He therefore ordered officers and men of the Armed Forces to return to their respective units while steps were being taken to return the Armed Forces to normalcy.

He then invited Flight Lieutenant Jerry Rawlings and his supporters to meet him at the First Infantry Brigade headquarters at Kpeahie Ridge and promised there would be no arrests and victimization.

The lull which followed this announcement was, however, broken at 3.32 p.m. when a special Radio Ghana announcement said that Flight-Lieutenant Jerry Rawlings and his men had taken over control of the country.

Notable on the day was a display by Major- General N. A. odartey-Wellington. He entered an armoured car and single-handedly shot for three continuous hours. When he ran out of cartridges, he dashed to the Nima Police Station to surrender.

Unfortunately, he was killed on the spot by military officers immediately he came out of the armoured truck.

That incident marked the beginning of the uprising.

After the incident, all military installations were searched and senior military officers who were on the side of the Supreme Military Council (SMC II) were killed.

It was on the same day that Col. Aninful, the president of the military tribunal that tried Rawlings and the junior officers on 15th May was killed. His wife and children who were also in the same room were shot. Many sympathizers of the previous government fled the country to seek asylum elsewhere.

The Armed Forces Revolutionary Council (AFRC) included a cross section of ranks from private and lance corporal to staff sergeant, airman, lieutenant, and naval commander.

The membership was as follows;

1. Flt. Lt. Jerry John Rawlings – Chairman

2. Captain Boakye Gyan – Official Spokesperson

3. Major Mensah Gbedemah

4. Lt Commander Akpaloo

5. Warrant Officer 2 Obeng

6. Private Owusu Adu

7. Corporal Owusu Boateng

8. Leading Air Craftsman Gaktipo

9. Lance Corporal Ansah Atiemo among other people.

The Armed Forces Revolutionary Council (AFRC) ruled from June 1979 to September 1979. Power was handed to Dr. Hilla Limann in September 1979. But Rawlings again overthrew Limann on 31st December 1981.

Though June 4 or the June 4th Revolution otherwise known as June 4th Uprising became a noted date in Ghana’s history, it has been said to be a date that brings a lot of pain to people who either lost loved ones, lost businesses or had to flee the country for their dear lives.

Credit: Ghana Museum Archives

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Ghana Education Service Considering The Use of Phones by SHS Students

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A Deputy Minister of Education, Dr Yaw Osei Adutwum, has said the Ghana Education Service (GES) was discussing the possibility of senior high students using mobile phones in school.

However, he is unaware of the current state of development as far as that decision is concerned.

He told Alfred Ocansey on the Sunrise morning show on 3FM 92.7 Wednesday, June 3 that he would liaise with officials of the GES to ascertain the state of affairs regarding this matter.

The National Council of Parent-Teacher Association says in order for boarding students to stay in touch with their parents and guardians, they should be allowed to carry along feature phones.

The Council says this will allow parents easy access to their wards, especially amidst the Covid-19 outbreak.

It argued that with the directive that parents cannot visit their wards when schools reopen, such an alternative means of communication must be allowed.

President of the National Council of Parent-Teacher Association Alexander Danso called on the government to consider their request.

“Barring their parents from visiting them is quite unfortunate but I understand them because if you allow parents to be going at this time of the Covid-19 outbreak [it won’t be the best]. If they are not allowing parents to visit, at least they should allow the students to carry feature phones only for calls and SMS so that they will be able to interact with their parents because staying in one place without seeing your child for 11 weeks will be a problem,” he said.

When asked whether the Ministry of Education will heed to this demand, Dr Yaw Adutwum told the host: “I know the GES was working on something like that but I don’t know where they are in terms of finalizing that but definitely I will draw attention to it, that this is something that people may be interested in doing.”

By Laud Ayensu|3news.com|Ghana

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WeGeyHey 1994 Group renovates Ankaful Psychiatric Hospital Ward

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– Old students from Wesley Girls’ High School have raised money to renovate the female ward of the Ankaful Psychiatric Hospital in Cape Coast

– It is confirmed that the breathtaking transformation was undertaken by the 1994 year group of the respected all-girls school

– YEN.com.gh shows 6 amazing photos dropped by the group showing before and after states of the psychiatric hospital

Wesley Girls’ High School, 1994 Year Group raised money to renovate the female ward (Forster Ward) at the Ankaful Psychiatric Hospital in Cape Coast.

In a post sighted by YEN.com.gh on the official Facebook handle of Omgvoice, it appeared as though they actually built a new facility at the ward.

The post also shows the extent to which the psychiatric hospital facility was deplorable before the wonderful intervention by the year group from Wesley Girls.

YEN.com.gh takes a look at six breathtaking before-and-after photos.

1. Photo of the ward before the renovation was done:

Wesley Girls' old students renovate hospital ward; share 6 powerful before-&-after shots

2. Jaw-dropping photo after every element was completely changed:

Wesley Girls' old students renovate hospital ward; share 6 powerful before-&-after shots

3. Picture of what appears to be a bathroom at the psychiatric hospital

Wesley Girls' old students renovate hospital ward; share 6 powerful before-&-after shots

4. A shot at the same room after an unimaginable transformation

Wesley Girls' old students renovate hospital ward; share 6 powerful before-&-after shots

5. Photo of the deplorable washroom at the hospital

Wesley Girls' old students renovate hospital ward; share 6 powerful before-&-after shots

6. Breathtaking photo after it was improved beyond expectation

Wesley Girls' old students renovate hospital ward; share 6 powerful before-&-after shots

Source: Yen.com.gh

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Help Promote JHS, SHS Final-year Students with Continuous Assessment – Ablakwa

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The Member of Parliament for the North Tongu in the Volta Region, Samuel Okudzeto Ablakwa has suggested the government could have used Continuous Assessment to grade final year students in Junior and Senior high for their progression into the next level instead of reopening schools as the country still battles against the global novel coronavirus.

Samuel Okudzeto Ablakwa’s comment follows Sunday, May 31 announcement by President Akufo-Addo indicating that schools have been reopened to final year students in the country as he eases the COVID-19 restrictions.

He commended President Akufo-Addo for his bold decision to reopen the school for only final year students to resume classes, complete their academic year and sit for their forthcoming exit examinations

However, the Member of Parliament suggested that continuous assessment of final year students in JHS and SHS could have been used to promote to the next level in education.

He gave an alternative that if not the continuous assessment, a one-off entrance exam could have been considered at the point of entry into SHS and tertiary institutions in August/September at the beginning of the 2020/2021 academic year to skip many risky weeks in school.

He continued “Considering that the 2019/2020 academic year had only two weeks to run its course when schools were closed, there wouldn’t have been a significant loss of contact hours if the above suggestions were implemented.”

According to the lawyer he has been informed that most universities had completed their academic works and are “made to sit for online examinations or submit term papers, through the online learning programme. This practice he said when continued would have reduced the risk of tertiary students congregating for six long weeks.

He also raised a concern about the directive by Dr. Mathew Opoku Prempeh, the Education Minister indicating that all final-year day students join their colleagues to become boarders in their respective schools,

Samuel said “The Minister appears to forget that by my checks, there are as many as 145 senior high schools in Ghana which are strictly day schools and, so, do not have the luxury of boarding facilities. How do these students become boarders in such schools without dormitories, dining halls, and bathrooms?”

“Even with the 576 senior high schools with boarding facilities, we do know the configuration of particularly residential facilities is very communal. There are only a few bathrooms for many students to share.

The lack of exclusive spaces would put many students at risk if one student is COVID-19 positive. Without any structural design changes or reconfiguration of boarding facilities which were not built with highly contagious diseases such as the novel coronavirus in mind, we all ought to be extremely cautious”, Mr Ablakwa warned.

He added: “The other matter that may have been overlooked is the financial burden on parents and guardians of day students. Data already reveal that most day students who currently make up 37% of students at the second-cycle level belong to vulnerable households and, often, that is the reason they opt to be day students.

How do we expect this category to comfortably purchase the long list of items on the prospectus needed for boarding within this short timeframe and within the current context of an excruciating economic pandemic?”

– Websaet.com

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Education Minister Urges Stakeholders To Make Input Into Public Universities Bill

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Dr.Matthew Opoku Prempeh

Dr Matthew Opoku Prempeh, The Education Minister, has urged stakeholders to submit their contributions to Parliament to enrich the Public University Bill 2020, which the government is seeking to pass.

He said for the first time in this country, academic freedom was going to be enshrined in the law.

“This is is the first time in the history of this country that the Public Universities Act or a University Act has included sections on academic freedom, never in the history of this country,” he stated.

The Minister further commended the University Teachers Association of Ghana (UTAG) for even improving on what the Government had envisaged in their submission on the Bill.

Dr Opoku Prempeh appealed on Tuesday in Accra during the meet the press series organised by the Ministry of Information to give an update on the planned re-opening of schools for final year students based on a Presidential directive on the COVID-19 pandemic.

He said the Government still welcomes contributions from stakeholders to make the Bill a better one; adding that Parliament had requested for memorandums for the Bill and that people should submit their contributions to make the Bill a better one.

“We will like to say, those who want to speak about the Bill should start from the genesis of the Ghana Tertiary Education Commission Policy Paper and they will see why Government has gone the way it wants to go.”

The Public Universities Bill is seeking, among other things, to regulate the activities of public universities under one law.

It is seeking to change the structure of the governing councils of the public universities, with the majority of the members being appointed by the President.

Source: GNA

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WASSCE Candidates To Write ‘Country Specific Exams’ Due To COVID-19

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Candidates for this year’s West African Senior Secondary Certificate Examinations (WASSEC) will write ‘Country Specific Examinations’ due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

The WASSCE is expected to commence from August 3 to September 4, this year following the postponement of the original date in June.

This has become necessary because countries in the West African sub-region are battling the respiratory disease and at different levels of management and easing of restrictions, and it would be difficult to agree on a common date for writing the examinations.

Over the past decade, some countries in the sub region, including; Ghana, Nigeria and Gambia have agreed to allow their students at the secondary school level participate in the WASSCE, which is supervised by the West African Examination Council(WAEC) and enable holders of WASSCE to pursue university education in member countries of ECOWAS.

Dr Matthew Opoku Prempeh, Ghana’s Education Minister, giving details of the school reopening protocols following easing of restrictions on public gatherings in Accra on Tuesday, said WASSCE candidates would write ‘Ghana Specific Exams’, instead of the WASSCE.

The Minister said all students will start lessons at 0900 hours and close at 1300 hours, break periods will be observed in the classroom when schools re-open on June 15.

Government would provide three sets of reusable face masks to students and staff.

There should be disinfection of all educational institutions both public and private, while school authorities ensure availability of washing facilities such as Veronica Buckets for hand washing.

There would be no religious service and sporting activities in schools while students attend dining hall in batches.

The Minister said all Day Students in boarding schools would be accepted as boarders whilst Day Schools would have enhanced daily health protocols.

Also, there would be mapping of schools and link them with health facilities for quick response to any medical emergencies.

University and SHS students would use six weeks for academic work and four weeks to write their exit examinations whilst JHS students would spend 11 weeks for academic work and a week to write the Basic Education Certificate Examinations(BECE).

The Minister stated that parents or guardians who had children in boarding schools would not be allowed to visit their children during the period.

In his 10th national broadcast on measures to contain the spread of COVID-19 last Sunday, President Akufo-Addo eased restrictions on public gathering and announced the re-opening of schools for the final year students at the basic, secondary and tertiary levels.

He said effective Monday June 15, final year students of the universities should report to campus to prepare for academic work.

Final year students at the Senior High Schools (SHS), together with the SHS Two Gold Track students were to report on June 22, while the Junior High Schools (JHS) Student Three are supposed to resume on June 29.

All JHS 3 class will comprise a maximum of 30 students, SHS classes 25 and the Universities half the class sizes.

Dr Opoku Prempeh said government would embark on aggressive back-to-school and re-entry campaign and entreated the leadership of schools to ensure hygiene and social distancing protocols are observed by the teachers, non-teaching staff and students.

The Minister advised parents with sick children not to allow them to attend classes and seek treatment for them.

The Minister said all foreign students outside the country would be allowed to return, but would undergo a 14-day quarantine.

Source: GNA

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New Dates For Exit Examinations – WASSCE August 3, BECE September 14

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Mathew Opoku Prempeh, Education Minister

Senior high schools (SHSs) will reopen to final-year students on June 22 for them to undergo six weeks of academic work up to July 31, this year.

This is to enable them to prepare to write their final examination between August 3 and September 4, this year, the Minister of Education, Dr Matthew Opoku Prempeh, has announced.

The minister, who took his turn to further clarify the gradual easing of restrictions in the educational sector as announced by the President in his 10th address to the nation last Sunday night, said second-year Gold Track students would also be in school for six weeks, starting from June 22 to July 31, before proceeding on vacation, the minister said.

In the case of junior high schools (JHSs), final-year students were going to be in school for academic work for 11 weeks, from June 29 to September 11, this year, and write their Basic Education Certificate Examination (BECE) between September 14 and 18, this year.

Speaking at the Minister’s Briefing on the COVID-19 to throw more light on the phased easing of restrictions, the Education Minister said tertiary institutions would reopen to final-year students for academic work from June 15 to July 24 and the writing of their final examinations between July 27 and August 21.

Support

Dr Prempeh said the government would provide three reusable nose masks for all final-year students and staff of schools which are expected to reopen this month.

He said the government would also ensure the fumigation of all schools that were to be reopened, both private and public, as part of laid down safety guidelines that were to be strictly adhered to.

“There will be disinfection of all educational institutions (public and private), the provision of WASH facilities for all schools, the provision of washable and reusable nose masks for all students and staff and the mapping of all schools to health facilities,” he said.

Safety measures in SHSs

The minister of education said safety precautions included the fumigation of all reopening facilities and the reduction in the number of students in a class to 25 for SHS and 30 for JHS.

He added that as part of measures to adhere to safety protocols, all day students of boarding schools would be migrated to become boarders for the six weeks they would be on the school compounds to prepare for their exit examination.

“All day students in boarding schools will be in boarding, while day schools will have enhanced daily health protocols,” the Minister of Education said.

Dr Prempeh said tertiary institutions, SHSs and JHSs would observe enhanced safety protocols, especially for students in purely day schools.

He said students in boarding were not supposed to receive visitors.

JHS class size

With regard to safety protocols, the minister said classes would contain at most 30 students at any given time.

He said classes would begin at nine in the morning and end at 1 p.m., without any break outside the classroom, except for one to attend to the call of nature.

Measures

He said tertiary institutions had been asked to adhere to the one-metre physical distancing rule.

“All classes are to be split, with not more than 25 students in a class,” he said.

He said SHS students would attend dining in batches, while mass gatherings and sporting activities had been banned in the schools.

Religious activities

Dr Prempeh warned that no religious activities should be carried out in any school, stressing: “Schools are unavailable for religious activities.”

That, he explained, was to prevent too many interactions within educational facilities, which could become a conduit for the further spread of the COVID-19.
It was also to ensure that contact tracing became easier, when necessary, he added.

More on tertiary

Dr Prempeh announced that arrangements had been made to welcome back into the country final-year foreign students who left Ghana before the closure of the borders.

He said tertiary institutions had been asked to provide the travel details of such students to facilitate the process.

He added that all tertiary institutions not under the jurisdiction of the Ministry of Education could also open to their final-year students within the given period, but must adhere strictly to the safety protocols.

He said classrooms should be split to make room for physical distancing.

“All non-MoE educational institutions are also expected to reopen on Monday, June 15, 2020. Foreign students who are outside the country and are identified will be allowed to return, granted their countries will allow them exit,” he said.

Background

As part of measures to stop the spread of COVID-19, the President Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo on March 15, this year announced in his second address to the nation the closure of all schools and universities until further notice taking effect from March 16, 2020.

“All universities, senior high schools and basic schools — public and private schools — will be closed Monday, March 16, 2020 till further notice. The Ministry of Education in collaboration with the Ministry of Communications has been tasked to roll out distance learning programmes”.

The President said all the measures announced would be subject to constant review and enhancement when necessary.

Source: Daily Graphic

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Government Institutes Allowance Package For Teachers

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Government as part of efforts to improve education, has instituted a new incentive for teachers and non- teaching staff dubbed “Teacher Professional Allowance’ for their continuous professional development.

As part of the allowances, every teacher is expected to receive an amount of GH¢1200 while the non-teaching staff would earn GH¢ 600 for their career development.

Dr Mathew Opoku-Prempeh, the Minister of Education, speaking at a press briefing in Accra on Tuesday, on government measures to ease restrictions on the educational sector, said government had approved critical support allowance for Teachers and Educational Workers’ Union members who have been left out for the last eight years.

The allowance is paid to staff of the service as an incentive for them to perform better.

President Akuffo-Addo in his 10th address to the nation on Sunday May 31, announced that from Monday, June 15, 2020, schools and universities are to be re-opened for final year students as part of a revised measure for fighting the spread of the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) in the country.

The President explained that Junior High School three classes will comprise a maximum of 30 students in a class, Senior High School classes, a maximum of 25 students and University lectures should take place with half the class size.

Dr Opoku-Prempeh said government since 2017 had recruited a total of 93,724 teaching and non-teaching staff for employment into the Ghana Education Service (GES), stressing that all teachers who were recruited in 2018 have been put on the pay roll and those who have served for more than three months have all been paid their salary arrears.

The Minister said this year, the GES and the Unions have agreed and introduced a new promotional exam to do away with the tendency where somebody gets promoted and for three years the person is not put on his or her level of promotion.

“Under our government, all teachers who have been promoted were put on the new scale and have been paid their allowances”, he added.

Source: GNA

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2020 WASSCE (Private Candidates) NOVDEC Registration Fees For All Subjects

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The West African Examinations Council (WAEC), has commenced the registration of private candidates for the 2020 West African Senior School Certificate Examination (WASSCE).

WAEC, for this year, upwardly reviewed the cost of registering to sit for the exams.

In 2019, the cost for registering 6 or more subjects was pegged at GH¢308.00.That amount has increased to GH¢412.47 for this year.

Below is the registration fee for registration for this year’s WASSCE Private Exams

The subject fees are as follows:

6 or more subjects … … GH¢412.47

5 subjects … … … GH¢394.67

4 subjects … … … GH¢375.67

3 subjects … … … GH¢354.30

2 subjects … … … GH¢341.24

1 subject … … … GH¢328.18

Fees for Oral/Practical/Project Work

Candidates who offer subjects with oral/practical/project work component will pay additional fees as follows:

GH¢50.00 per subject for Practical

GH¢50.00 per subject for Project Work

GH¢36.00 per subject for Oral (English and French)

Source: universnewsroom.com

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Ghana Launches National Students Portal For Public SHS Schools to Access Their Information

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Gov't launches National Student Portal or Student Information System for SHS students

The Ministry of Education, Ghana Education Service, and the Free SHS secretariate all under the auspices of the government of Ghana (GoG) has launched a National Student Portal or Student Information System for Students in all public Senior High Schools.

Prospective students in all Public Senior High Schools (SHSs) can use their JHS index number and year of completion to access the Student Information System portal using the URL: portal.unilynq.com

To login into the National Student Portal or Student Information System portal

1. Enter username as JHS index number and year of completion eg (SHS 1 add 19 eg. 030016481219, SHS 2 add 18 eg. 030016481218 and SHS 3 add 17)

2. The default password to be used before changing to your own password is [email protected]

Students are to change their password once they log in and complete the require information requested and update default e-mail with your active email.

After a successful login, the next screen will display your surname at the right side and your current Senior High School on the left side. The URL of the link portal.unilynq.com will change to the portal of your school example https://kass.unilynq.com/account/reset. The dashboard of the system shows students’ bio details like the track type of student, Gold, or Green.

According to the Free SHS secretariate Apk version of the National Student Portal or Student Information System can be downloaded from the Google Play Store.

The secretariate entreats students to contact their ICT Teachers for support to access the portal.

Source: websaet.com

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Should SHS Students In Ghana Be Allowed To Use Phones in School?

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After the ease of restrictions in the country, there have been several rules and guidelines set to ensure success in the fight against the covid-19.

Among the restrictions is the reopening of schools for final year students and of Senior high and Junior High schools as well as University students and Second year SHS gold shift Students.

As schools have been reopened, rules have been set to control the spread of the pandemic.

One of the rules is that, Parents will not be allowed to visit their children on campus. This brings up the question that, then how will parents know their children’s problems on campus. And how can they communicate.

This brought up ideas that students should be allowed to use mobile phone on campus throughout the period.

This could make it easy for them to communicate with their parents.

Others also think that if they are alowed to use phones, it might affect their studies negatively.

So is it good for students to use mobile phones during this pandemic?

Should they be allowed to use it on campus?

What is your answer? If yes, why? If no, why?

Help us find a reason. Thanks.

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FAQs: Opera News Hub Ghana Payment and What You Need To Know

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Opera News Hub

In order to better encourage high-quality creators, the platform will continuously adjust and optimize the article traffic fee into calculation methods. The main factors of payment strategy were “content clicks”, “content quality”, “article creation”, and “reading time”.

“Content quality”, “Reading time” will be the most important considerations in the calculation. It means if your article has high quality and long staying time, it would receive a higher traffic fee.

  • For high-quality and original content, the platform would pay more to encourage authors to create high-quality original content.
  • Clicks with reading time of 5 seconds or less will not be counted, as it is an indication of the user’s dissatisfaction. Articles with longer reading time will be paid more.
  • Once an article reaches a high impression, there will be an extensive 2nd review. If an article is deemed plagiarism, the payment on this article will be reduced significantly.  
  • For accounts with significant rejections, the payment will be reduced. The degree of reduction depends on the degree of rejections.
  • For accounts which were banned because of policy violation, all outstanding payments will be forfeited.
  • The average payment per click is floating and depends on the average ads revenue per click for the platform. Keep in mind that covid-19 has a significant impact on advertising spending across the world.

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Articles that are plagiarises or fake news will be deleted. Even if the article passes the review, once an article is found to be plagiarized or fake news, the platform will immediately delete and cancel all revenue of such article.

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Payment is largely dependent on the quality of your articles, number of articles you post, clicks, user reading time, and ads revenue of Opera.

Authors mostly calculate their expected payment using only clicks, but when the platform calculates, it also calculates Quality, user reading time, and ads revenue of Opera.

What are the main features in the payment structure?

1. Clicks with reading time of 5 seconds or less will not be counted, as it is an indication of the user’s dissatisfaction. Articles with longer reading time will be paid more.

2. Once an article reaches a high impression, there will be an extensive 2nd review. If an article is deemed plagiarism, the payment on this article will be reduced significantly.  

3. For accounts with significant rejections, the payment will be reduced. The degree of reduction depends on the degree of rejections.

4. For accounts which were banned because of policy violation, all outstanding payments will be forfeited.

5. The average payment per click is floating and depends on the average ads revenue per click for the platform. Keep in mind that covid-19 has a significant impact on advertising spending across the world.

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Payment for stories published in Month A is paid for on/before the 30th of Month B. What this means is, articles published in the month of May will be paid for on or before the 30th of June. Articles published in June will be paid for on or before the 30th of July.

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Re-opening: Final-year SHS Day Students to be Accepted as Boarders – Minister says

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SHS final year Day students to be admitted as boarders - Minister for Education

The Minister for Education, Dr Mathew Opoku Prempeh in his media briefing on measures being put in place by the government ahead of June 15 schools reopening has said all SHS final year day students would be admitted as boarders in various Senior High Schools through out the country.

This he said is to contain and limit the possible spread of the novel coronavirus among students.

The President last week Sunday May 31 announced the reopening of schools for solely final year students in Junior, Senior and tertiary for them to complete their academic year and prepare for their postponed final year examinations.

Akufo-Addo assured to equip all final year students and teachers with reusable face/nose mask among other COVID-19 preventive materials to avoid them contracting the disease in whilst in schools.

Credit: websaet.com

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Take Note: GES Announces New Dates for 2020 WASSCE and BECE

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GES

The Ghana Education Service (GES) has announced new dates for the commencement of 2020 WASSCE and BECE for final year students in Ghana.

President Akufo-Addo during his latest address on Sunday, 31st May 2020, has eased restrictions on public gatherings. The president has also directed for the reopening of schools for final year students to write their exit examination.

During a press briefing organized by the Ministry of information Tuesday morning, the Minister of Education Hon. Dr. Mathew Opoku Prempeh said Senior High Schools are to resume school on 22nd June, 2020 for the commencement of their academic work towards their final year examination (WASSCE).

He also added that, the final year students in Junior High Schools are excepted to resume school on 29th June, 2020.

Giving a further breakdown, the Minister stated that, the Junior High School students will spend eleven weeks extensive tutorial after which they will write their Basic Education Certificate Examination (BECE) from 14th September, 2020 to 18th September, 2020.

Also, WASSCE candidates will write their final year examination thus: West African Senior Secondary Certificate Examination (WASSCE) from 3rd August, 2020 to 4th September, 2020.

Credit: Ghcampus.com

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“Allow Students To Use Phones When School Re-opens” – PTA Council

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The National Council of Parent-Teacher Association says in order for boarding students to stay in touch with their parents and guardians, they should be allowed to carry along feature phones.

The council says this will allow parents easy access to their wards, especially amidst the COVID-19 outbreak.

It argued that with the directive that parents cannot visit their wards when schools reopen, such an alternative means of communication must be allowed.

President of the National Council of Parent-Teacher Association, Alexander Danso called on the government to consider their request.

“Barring their parents from visiting them is quite unfortunate but I understand them because if you allow parents to be going at this time of the COVID-19 outbreak [it won’t be the best]. If they are not allowing parents to visit, at least they should allow the students to carry feature phones only for calls and SMS so that they will be able to interact with their parents because staying in one place without seeing your child for 11 weeks will be a problem,” he said.

As part of the first phase of easing of COVID-19 restrictions, President Nana Akufo-Addo on Sunday, May 31, 2020, announced that schools be reopened to final year students to enable them to prepare for and write their West African Senior School Certificate Examination (WASSCE).

The Minister for Education, Matthew Opoku Prempeh at a subsequent press conference to give guidelines for the reopening of schools said the students will be in school for 11 weeks to study and write the examination.

He added that within the period, no parent or guardian would be allowed to visit students as the government wants to avoid external contacts due to the COVID-19 outbreak.

Some parents have expressed their dissatisfaction about the measure but others have welcomed it and are urging the government to find alternative ways for them to communicate with their wards in a safe manner.

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Ashanti Region Leading Now in Most Completed SHS Projects

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The Education Minister, Matthew Opoku Prempeh, has revealed that the Ashanti Region has the most completed Senior High School (SHS) projects among all the regions in the country.

The region has 56 completed projects out of a total of 236 projects, followed by the Northern Region with 26 projects.

Responding to questions in Parliament on Tuesday, Mr. Opoku Prempeh said a total of 822 projects were under construction in Senior High Schools across the country.

“The Ministry, till date, has awarded a total of 822 contracts for various infrastructure projects at the Senior High School level across the country.”

He added that the projects include “six-unit, eight-unit, 12-unit and 18-unit classroom blocks, single dormitory blocks, single one storey or two storey dormitory blocks, and toilet blocks,” among others.

962 SHS infrastructural projects ongoing nationwide

With over 1.2 million children currently enrolled in Senior High Schools across the country, the President, Nana Akufo-Addo has explained that the expansion in access, has automatically, brought with it a problem of infrastructure which has necessitated the implementation of various infrastructural projects to meet the demands.

In March this year, he revealed that a total of 962 structures were being constructed in all Senior High Schools across the country to address infrastructural challenges.

According to him, the government has put in place an elaborate program to ensure that the many problems faced by second cycle schools as a result of the introduction of the Free SHS are addressed.

Government owing contractors

In June 2019, there were claims that there is a shortage of boarding facilities because the government has failed to pay contractors who were awarded contracts to put up structures in various Senior High Schools across the country.

There were threats by the contractors to stop work if they were not paid the money owed them.

Reacting to this, the Education Minister chided the Association of Building and Civil Engineering Contractors of Ghana for threatening to close down all Senior High School projects across the country.

According to him, the Association’s claims were not justified.

“We don’t owe any contractor doing a project in any Senior High School in the country whether new or old. I have told them that all those who have not completed their projects will not be awarded any other contracts in this regime. A lot of contractors are not owed but they have abandoned their sites because they want to come back for variations,” he said to Citi News.

— citinewsroom

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5 Notable Secondary Schools in Ghana with the Nicest Uniforms

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Senior High Schools are always known of pitting against each other on some sort of competition. Some schools claim to be the best in academics, others claim to be the best interms of sports and have the most beautiful girls. After the most competitive platform which is the Maths and Science Quiz, where failure to represent your school is written in the history book.

It has been observed that, students of various schools are now boasting of having the nicest or best uniforms. A school uniform worn by the students of various institutions (School) is a very important garment. This article has a list of senior high schools with the nicest or best uniforms.

1.Ghana National College:

Ghana National College is a senior high school in the Central Region of Ghana. It is rated as one of the country’s top schools. The ladies, that is the female students in Ghana National College’s have a nice uniform whose background is pink with a dose of rose flowers sprinkled on it. The uniform has a nice colour combination which attracts people or other students from other schools.

The school was founded on the 20th of July 1948, staffed by dismissed teachers from St. Agustine’s College and Mfantsipim school. It was founded by the first Ghanaian President Kwame Nkrumah using his own funds for eight students who had been expelled by the British Colonial Administration from St. Agustine’s College.

2.Achimota College:

The Uniform worn by the ladies of the grey city sight to behold. With dark green flowers inlaid in a white background, their uniforms are cut to a flattering style. This simple yet classy dress is one of the nicest SHS uniforms in Ghana. With all the green no wonder they are water to a thirsty land.

3.St. Mary’s Senior High School:

St. Mary’s Senior High School is an all female second cycle institution and stands out to be one of the secondary schools in Ghana with the nicest garment. The single sex school are known of wearing a uniform similar to the design pattern of Adisadel College but in blue and white rather. If you were thinking that patterns look good because it was on men, you should check out St. Mary’s Girls uniform sewn into a clean cut dress complimenting their calm demeanour nicely.

St. Mary’s was established on 6th February 1950 by the Catholic Missionary Sisters, servants of the Holy Spirit. The school started with ten girls and a staff of two Reverend sisters namely, the late Rev. Sister Jane and Rosette. The motto for the school is; Truth and Virtue.

4.Adisadel College:

Adisadel College, popularly known as ‘ADISCO’ is an Anglican boys boarding school in Cape Coast, Ghana. The school also stands to be among of the SHS schools with the nicest or best uniforms. Anytime this gentlemen are in their attire, people or students else where seems to be attracted by the uniform. Their neat white and black stripes shirts paired with neatly pressed black shorts, is definitely among the best SHS school uniforms in Ghana. The colour of their shirt even remind people of the animal Zebra.

5.Wesley Girls High School:

Wesley Girl’s High School has undoubtedly one of the best SHS school uniforms. With their starched yellow shirt and a cute green tie complemented by a crisply short played skirt which is knee length. This gives them the sharp look of a boss lady to accomplish her goals.

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Official: WAEC to Conduct WASSCE 2020 in August – Education Minister Clarifies

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WAEC to conduct 2020 WASSCE in August - Education Ministry

The Minister for Education, Dr Mathew Opoku Prempeh on behalf of the Government of Ghana (GoG) has said the conduct of 2020 WASSCE for school candidates would start in August this year.

The Minister addressing the press on Tuesday said the form 3 students in Senior high schools are to resume school for 6 weeks of studies after which they will sit for 2020 WASSCE probably in August.

NAPO said the Senior High School final year students will be in school for academic works and revision for 6 weeks then sit for the Ghana exams that will take five weeks.

The Minister said the government has consulted the Ghana office of WAEC to set questions for only Ghanaian students since other countries in the sub-regions are still battling the pandemic.

The Member of Parliament for Manhyia Constituency stated that when school begins classes will commence at 9am and ends at 1pm each day for SHS final year students.

The President in his 10th televised address to the citizenry announced for the reopening of schools for only final year students to prepare for theforthcoming 2020 WASSCE for school candidates.

Source: websaet.com

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Start Date For BECE 2020, Timetable and Guidelines

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The West African Examination Council (WAEC) has released the provisional results of the 2020 Basic Education Certificate Examination (BECE).
BECE Candidates

JHS Re-opening guidelines for schools have been released by the Ministry of Education through Dr Matthew Opoku Prempeh (MP) the Education Minister. The ministry has also indicated the 2020 BECE start date.

According to the ministry, as announced by the president in his 10th address to the nation.

From Monday, June 29, 2020, all Junior High School final year students will return to the classroom.

Students will have eleven weeks of academic work which adds up to roughly 3 months. Academic work will end on Friday 11th September. 

BECE 2020 Start date

Per the information regarding the end of the 11 weeks of academic work, the BECE 2020 commence on Monday. 14th September and end on Friday 18th September. 

The BECE time table below is a projected timetable based on the June 2020 time table for the 2020 BECE exams.

BECE 2020 NEW TIME TABLE

The Ministry of Education has further directed that

• All classes to be split – No more than 30 students in a class

• Classes will be from 9AM to 1PM Each day (Reduced School Day)

• No breaks outside the classroom

• Schools will have enhanced daily health protocols

• Schools will be unavailable for religious activities

• No sports or sporting events

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How to Download and Fill Your National Service Scheme Annual Report for a Certificate

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Easy steps to download and fill NSS Annual Report Form to get a certificate

Congratulations on completing your one year Service. National Service Personnel are to note that an annual evaluation form must be obtained online from the dashboard of the NSS website. The form when completed facilitate the release of certificate of Service Personnel.

PROCEDURE TO OBTAIN THE FORM ONLINE

1.Login to your dashboard via this link

portal.nss.gov.gh/sign-in

2.Enter your email address used during the registration”

3.Enter your password: your default password is your NSS pincode which should be typed in capital letters.

4.Confirm details if correct or Request correction if otherwise

5.Print your Annual Evaluation for the processing of your Certificate

DEADLINE: 10th June, 2020.

WHO AND HOW TO FILL THE ANNUAL REPORT FORM

Send the annual evaluation forms to your head of department or immediate supervisor to complete the assessment forms.

Send the completed assessment form to your nss district office.

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BECE 2020 To Be Conducted At The Appropriate Time By WAEC – Minister Tells

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The West African Examination Council (WAEC) has released the provisional results of the 2020 Basic Education Certificate Examination (BECE).
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COVID-19: WAEC to conduct 2020 BECE at the appropriate time - Govt Spokesperson

The government’s spokesperson Hon Kojo Oppong Nkrumah in an interview has said the Managment of the West African Examination Council (WAEC) at the appropriate time would conduct the 2020 BECE for school candidates.

The Information Minister added that the Examination Council would conduct an independent WASSCE examination for Ghana alone.

The government spokesperson made this revelation in an interview with the Accra-based Citi FM, the Information Minister when asked on how BECE candidates were going to take their exams after WAEC postponed the conduct of the exams, said the examination Council would at the right time after the current situation is restored to normalcy organise the final exams.

According to the Member of Parliament for the Ofoase-Ayirebi constituency, Ghana had been able to bring the coronavirus situation under control, he added that WAEC would consequently conduct the exams for its final year students with the support of WAEC.

The President of the Republic, Nana Akufo-Addo in his 10th televised address to the citizenry Sunday night May 31, 2020 announced that final year students of junior high, senior high, and universities can resume classes and lectures ahead of the conduct of their postponed final examinations.

The President said the reopening of schools takes effect Monday June 15, 2020, adding that each student and teacher would be equipped with reusable nose/face mask to avoid contracting and spreading of the virus in schools.

He also said the Ghana Education Service and its partner the Ministry of Education would provide necessary preventive items such as veronica buckets, alcohol based hand sanitizers among other in all schools.

The reopening dates for final year students are as follows; university students are to report to on campus on 15th June, final year senior high school (SHS 3) students together with SHS 2 gold track students on 22nd June and final-year junior high school (JHS 3) students on 29th June.

Source: websaet.com

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Education Minister Speaks About New Introduction of Allowance for Teachers in Ghana

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Dr Matthew Opoku Prempeh

The Minister for Education, Hon. Mathew Opoku Prempeh has stated that government has instituted new allowances for teaching and non-teaching staff in the Ghana Education Service (GES).

“Government, because of the continual professional development and licensing exams for new teachers, has instituted a new allowance for teachers and non-teachers called the Teacher Professional Allowance,” Hon. Prempeh said.

According to the Minister, teachers will receive a total amount of GH₵1200 while non-teaching staff will receive GH₵600 per year as Teacher Professional Allowance for professional development.

He noted that apart from a few teachers to be paid in June, all teachers who received their promotions have been placed on their new salary scales and duly paid.

The Minister disclosed this in his address to the Press on Tuesday, June 2, on measures outlined by his ministry towards the reopening of schools for final year Senior High School (SHS) students on June 22.

Measures for reopening of schools include:  all-day students in SHS that have boarding facilities will now be accepted as boarders, class sizes will be split to ensure social distancing rules while the schools must also ensure that their premises are also fumigated and disinfected regularly.

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Full Details: GES Releases Plans For Re-opening of Schools for SHS, JHS and University Students In Ghana

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The Ghana Education Service has released a reopening plan for university final year students, SHS and BECE candidates.

The President in his address on May 31, partially eased restrictions on schools by allowing only final year students to report at specified times.

Academic Plans For BECE Candidates

•BECE candidates are to resume on June 29.

•Academic work will span for eleven weeks. A week will be used for the BECE

• Class size will not exceed 30.

• Classes will begin from 9:00 a.m to 1:00 p.m each day

• No breaks outside the classroom

• Academic work will begin from 29th June and end on September 11. BECE will be written from September 14 to September 18

Academic Plans For WASSCE Candidates

• School reopens on Monday, June 22

• Six weeks of academic work and five weeks for examination

• Class size shouldn’t exceed 25

• No visitors allowed in the boarding house

• Sporting and religious activities will not be allowed

• Dinning hall will operate in batches

• All day students in boarding schools will be made boarders.

• Academic activities will span from June 22 to July 31. WASSCE will be written from August 3 to September 4.

Share this with all BECE and WASSCE candidates. Don’t forget to send your comments.

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Facts and History of Presbyterian Boys SHS, Legon

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Presbyterian Boys' Senior High School (PRESEC)

Presbyterian Boys’ Secondary School (PRESEC) is a secondary boarding school for boys, in Legon, Accra, Ghana. I

It was founded in 1938, under the auspices of the Presbyterian Church of the Gold Coast.The progenitor of the original idea for the school was the Basel missionary, Nicholas Timothy Clerk (1862–1961), who served as the first Synod Clerk of the Presbyterian Church of the Gold Coast from 1918 to 1932.

The school has ties with its sister schools, Aburi Girls’ Senior High School and Krobo Girls Senior High School.

Type: Public High School

Motto: In Lumine Tuo Videbimus Lumen

Religious affiliation(s): Presbyterian

Established: 1938; 82 years ago

Head of school: David Odjija 

Faculty: 90

Grades: Senior secondary years 1-3

Gender: Male

Age: 14 to 19

Enrollment: 3,000

Campus type : Surburban

Houses: 10

Color(s): Blue     

Mascot: Ɔdadeɛ, Presecan

Nickname: Blue Magicians/Presecans

Affiliation: Presbyterian Church of Ghana

Address: P. O. Box LG 98 Legon, Ghana

HOUSES IN PRESEC, LEGON

* Kwansa House

* Clerk House

* Engmann House

* Akro House

* Riis House

* Labone House

* Ako-Adjei House

* Owusu Parry House

* House 9

* P. T. A. House

PRESEC ENTRANCE

PRESEC DINING HALL

PRESEC SPORTS

CAMPUS PICTURES

THE ALLIANCE

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Lets stay home and stay safe.

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WAEC Ghana Warns Employees and The Public on Mandatory Wearing of Nose Masks to It’s Offices

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MANDATORY WEARING OF FACE MASKS TO WAEC OFFICES

Members of the public are kindly informed that in line with directives from the Government of Ghana to curb the spread of Covid-19, all clients/visitors to any WAEC Office will be required to wear face masks.

This measure is in addition to others currently being implemented to ensure the safety of all clients/visitors and WAEC employees.

The West African Examinations Council, a non-profit-making organization, with its head-quarters in Accra, Ghana, was established in 1952 after the Governments of Ghana (then Gold Coast), Nigeria, Sierra Leone and The Gambia enacted the West African Examinations Council Ordinances in 1951. Liberia became the fifth member of the Council in 1974. The enactment of the Ordinances was based on the Jeffrey Report, which strongly supported the proposal for the setting up of a regional examining board to harmonize and standardize pre-university assessment procedures in the then British West Africa.

The main objectives of the Council are:

  • To conduct examinations in the public interest
  • To award certificates, provided that the certificates did not represent lower standards of attainment than equivalent certificates of examining authorities in the United Kingdom .

Our Vision

To be a world-class examining body adding value to the educational goals of its stakeholders.

Our Mission

To remain Africa’s foremost examining body, providing qualitative and reliable educational assessment, encouraging academic and moral excellence and promoting sustainable human resource development and international co-operation.

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MOBA and Methodist Church on Collision Course over Headmaster

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Over the last about 70 years the tradition of appointing headmasters has been done with a compromise between the church and the old boys then a name is put forward.

This has aided the school for many years, but truth be told the school is a pale shadow of its old self, so calls for serious concern for all stake holders.

Suddenly the church is pushing to put forward a priest who is not an old boy and the experience is mediocre to say the least.

They went forward to put him forward without involving the major stakeholders who are the old boys.

In the last 5 years alone MOBA has put over GH¢10 million into developing the school.

We promise the church this will dry up if they decide to go alone in this direction and more so the expertise the said reverend minister is nothing to write home about.

The school will be poorer since as old students already many of our fold even with no children of theirs going there pay huge sums year on year to the school.

Where is the church when these projects are been done.

The school is not a tool to be toyed with at this crucial time when the school is begging for proper management systems.

Many year groups have already threatened to hold back any fund raising to the school if this is allowed to stand. Once again a word of caution is been sent to the church administration to be very circumspect in going it alone.

Mfantsipim that is MOBA and the Methodist church should be serious at developing management leadership for the school and not leave this important leadership to chance. We are watching this development with eagle eyes.

Progress cannot be made without putting in place systems and KPIs which any new headmaster would work with. All stakeholders should be at the table to develop a management system with serious benchmarks given, before we bring this national relic to its knees finally.

All friends of MOBA and MOBA itself should come together to stop the imposition of anybody the old boys do not back.

GNA

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Facts About University of Education, Winneba and Its Campuses

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UEW

The University of Education, Winneba (UEW) is a University in Winneba, Central Region of Ghana. It was established in 1992 by a government ordinance (PNDC Law 322) and with a relationship with the University of Cape Coast. 

Its main aim is to train teachers for the education system of Ghana. The University of Education, Winneba is charged with the responsibility of teacher education and producing professional educators to spearhead a new national vision of education aimed at redirecting Ghana’s efforts along the path of rapid economic and social development.

The University of Education, Winneba is expected to play a leading role in Ghana’s drive to produce scholars whose knowledge would be fully responsive to the realities and exigencies of contemporary Ghana.

Motto Education for Service

Type Public

Chairman Prof. Obeng Mireku

Vice-Chancellor Rev. Fr. Prof. Anthony Afful-Broni

Students Over 60,000

Campus Urban area / Suburban area

(Winneba, Kumasi, Mampong, Ajumako)

Colours Scarlet, White and Ultramarine

Website www.uew.edu.gh

The university has twenty-nine academic departments and centres, seven faculties. It also has 18 distance education regional study centres throughout Ghana. In addition to three campuses in Winneba where its administrative office is located, the University has three extra campuses in addition to over 20 study centres:

The College of Technology Education – Kumasi Campus

The College of Agriculture Education – Mampong Campus

The College of Languages Education – Ajumako Campus

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History and Facts About Krobo Girl’s Senior High School

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In 2016 Krobo Girls SHS celebrated 90 years of Excellence in Girls’ Education.

Krobo Girls’ Senior High School was founded by female Scottish Missionaries in March 1927, as a Middle School for girls.

A two-year teacher training college for women was added to the girls school in 1944 on experimental basis under the accelerated plan of the government.

The College was then constituted a Certificate B Teacher Training College for women in 1951 under the management of the Presbyterian Church of Ghana.

In 1962, the two-year teacher training college was changed to a four-year certificate A Teacher Training College for women and in September 1973, the Krobo Girls Middle School was phased out while the training college was converted to a girls secondary school, under the consolidation of Teacher Education Programme by the Ministry of Education.

Source:  www.graphic.com

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Ghana: SHS 3 Re-opening Plans and Guidelines from June 2020 till WASSCE is Over

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The Minister for Education, Dr. Matthew Opoku Prempeh has outlined, in detail, the specific guidelines for the safe reopening of our schools and universities at a press briefing organised by the Ministry of Information on Tuesday in Accra.

According to the Minister of Education who doubles as Manyhia constituency MP, the reopening is for anly final year students to learn and complete their mandatory examinations and nothing more, with social distancing protocols still in place.

He said on the reoping of schools on June 15, parents and gaurdians will not be allowed to visit their wards in boarding schools during the period.

He said students will also not be available for religious and sporting activities, as well as entitled to only four hours of teaching, from 9am to 1pm with 15 minutes break period every 45minutes.

In addition, there will not be the normal assembly periods with borders in SHS’s going for dining in batches in adherance to the social distancing protocols.

All students will be provided with 3 resusable set of face masks to protect themselves while in school.

However, all days students would be accepted into boarding houses in Senior High Schools who provide accomodation for students.

He also cautioned parents not to send their unwell wards to school when they reopen.

BECE Exams

SHS RE-OPENING (SHS 3)
√ A total of 11 weeks
√ 6 Weeks for Academic Work
√ 5 Weeks for WASSCE
√ Academic Work : 22nd June, 2020 to 31st July, 2020
√ WASSCE: 3rd August, 2020 to 4th September, 2020
√ Classes will be split
√ All day students will be in the boarding house
√ No visitors allowed
√ No sports or sporting activities
√ The school will not be available for religious activities

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WAEC may Organise Independent WASSCE For Ghana Alone Due To COVID-19

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The West African Examination Council (WAEC) has indicated its readiness to organise an independent West African Senior School Certificate Examination (WASSCE) for Ghanaian candidates this year as a result of the outbreak of the coronavirus disease (Covid-19) which has resulted in the closure of schools in West Africa.
The Minister of Information, Mr Kojo Oppong Nkrumah gave the hint in a radio interview Monday morning.

If it goes through, it means WASSCE candidates in Ghana may write a different exam from what their colleagues in other West African countries would write.

The WASSCE is a standardised test organised by WAEC for senior high school students in English speaking West African countries, including Ghana, Nigeria, Liberia, and Sierra Leone.

Following the outbreak of the coronavirus disease, WAEC suspended the 2020 WASSCE for both senior and junior high school students in its operative countries.

This was because of the closure of all schools in the region, both public and private as part of efforts to prevent the spread of the disease and to contain it.

This affected the academic calendar of the final year students, who were at the time preparing for their WASSCE and Basic Education Certificate Examination (BECE).

The BECE for junior high school candidates is organized locally in Ghana but the WASSCE is standardized for senior high school candidates in West Africa.

On Sunday, May 31, 2020, President Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo in a televised address announced that final year students in all educational institutions in Ghana, starting from basic to tertiary could go back to school to prepare and write their exit examinations.

So when the Minister of Information was asked during the radio interview on Accra based Citi FM Monday morning [June 1, 2020] on how WASSCE candidates in Ghana alone were going to take their exams when WAEC in itself has suspended the exams for the entire West African region, he said WAEC has already given notice that general examinations have been suspended but it would provide support for countries that would want to organise their independent examinations.

He explained that because Ghana had been able to bring the disease under control, it would organise the exams for its final year students with the support of WAEC.

Mr Oppong Nkrumah, however said the Minister of Education, Dr Matthew Opoku Prempeh would provide further details on the subject.

Source: Daily Graphic

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GNECC Commends Government For Reopening Schools

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The Ghana National Education Campaign Coalition (GNECC) on Monday commended President Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo for adhering to the recommendations by stakeholders especially the Teacher Unions to allow the final year students to resume schooling.

The Coalition said: “We are also grateful to government that the gold track students who missed on their learning are going to complete that phase of their academic calendar”.

President Akufo-Addo in his 10th COVID-19 National Address on Sunday directed that from Monday, June 15, 2020, final year students of Junior High School, Senior High School, and Universities are to resume classes ahead of the conduct of their respective exit examinations.

The GNECC in statement signed by Mr Joseph Atsu Homadzi, the Interim Chairman, and copied to the Ghana News Agency in Accra urged the Ministry of Education to put in place adequate measures to cater for the needs of every student in school including those with special educational needs.

“The Coalition still stands by its position to ensure that proper measures are put in place before the actual re-opening of schools.

“These measures should include the provision of contactless veronica buckets and hand washing stations created in every classroom, the availability of running water in the schools at all times, provision of thermometer guns in all schools and ensure toilet facilities in the schools are disinfected regularly when schools are in session”.

The Coalition called on the Ministry of Education to collaborate with the Ministry of Health and assigned a nurse to each school to ensure consistent monitoring of cases.

The Coalition recommended to the Ministry of Education to continue with the E-learning programme for students who are still at home, calling on parents to ensure strict adhering to the COVID-19 safety protocols for the safety of children at home.

“Online teaching and learning programmes should be made available in the schools and e-learning content should be screened in the schools”, it said.

The Coalition is of the view that schools should be made to maximize the use of available spaces such as school’s assembly halls and laboratories to enable the effective adherence to the social distance safety protocols.

The statement said GNECC would continue to support the effort of government to provide quality education for every child in this challenging times towards the achievements of the Sustainable Development Goal targets.

Source: GNA

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GNAT Reveals Their Assessment Of The Impact of COVID-19 on Education

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The coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic is not just a threat to education but a major opportunity to reshape teaching and learning in the country, the President of the Ghana National Association of Teachers (GNAT), Mrs Philippa Larsen, has said.

GNATOfficer
National President of GNAT

According to her, the reshaping of teaching could be done through the integration of pedagogies which incorporated “digital learning and the prioritisation of Education In Emergencies (EIE) in education budgeting and planning”.

“GNAT further opines that there is a great need for psycho-social support for parents, learners and teachers during and after COVID-19, to help them cope in the school environment and minimise poor attendance and dropout rates, with particular attention to girls, persons living with disability and children who may be at risk of child labour,” Mrs Larsen said in Accra last Thursday when she launched the Impact

Assessment of COVID-19 On The Education Sector In Ghana: The Perspectives of GNAT.

Thoughts

Mrs Larsen said the impact assessment contained the thoughts of the association on the pandemic and some recommendations to help turn life around during and after COVID-19.

“It is handy, comprehensive and a must-read. We hope all who lay their hands on it would find it useful and relevant,” she said.

Mrs Larsen noted that it was a known fact that the pandemic had taken the whole world, including Ghana, by storm, wreaked havoc everywhere and brought life to a standstill, adding that “in Ghana, we continue to see a rise in the numbers of infection, the isolation of the infected and the deaths which have characterised this pandemic”.

Indeed, she said, the country had undergone lockdowns in some areas, restriction of movement and the wearing of personal protective equipment (PPE), hitherto not part of its culture.

Activities

“Trade and commerce, religious and social activities and our area of concern — education – have all come to a standstill.

We are aware of the interventions that have been put in place to curtail the spread of the pandemic and abate its effects.

We are aware of the stress on hygienic practices which we were made to go through as children in our school days but neglected in our adult lives,” Mrs Larsen said.

Of all the issues related to the pandemic, she said GNAT had neither been a silent listener nor a passive observer, and had made its voice heard when it mattered most in radio and television discussions.

GNAT, she said, had even offered its facilities to agencies and bodies engaged in the fight against the pandemic.

“We have gone further to conduct an impact assessment of the coronavirus and its impact on our area of concern, education. This document is published in the form of a booklet …which we present to the Ghanaian public,” she said.

For his part, the General Secretary of GNAT, Mr Thomas Musah, said the association had found it necessary to take a look at the impact of the pandemic on the education sector and how from its perspectives, the country could combat it and how education could be run when things settled.

“In compiling the impact assessment of COVID-19 on the education sector, the association has relied on such authorities in education as the United Nations Educational Scientific and Cultural Organisation (UNESCO) and the United Nations and examined their strategies for handling education in times of crisis such as Ghana finds itself now,” he said.

Source: graphic.com.gh

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All Courses Being Offered at UDS Tamale Campus

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UDS

The University for Development Studies is a well-known varsity in not only Ghana but Africa as a whole. UDS has different campuses all around Ghana. The different campuses offer various courses. This is to say UDS Tamale campus courses are different from UDS Wa campus courses.

Courses offered at UDS Tamale campus
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UDS is the desired university for many students. Here you will find all the information you need to apply for UDS Tamale campus, the courses offered, and the grading system.

UDS courses and cut off points

The University for Development Studies released the new cut off points for the 2020/2021 academic year. There are different cut off points for students depending on the program they are applying for. This means that students applying for degree programs have different cut off points to those applying for diploma programs.

UDS cut off points for degree programs

SSSCE holders seeking admission to degree programs must have at least a D while WASSCE candidates must have at least C6 in their three core and their three elective subjects.

If you are a WASSCE holder with grade D7, E8 or F9 in any of your three core or three elective subjects, you are advised not to apply for a degree program. SSSCE holders with grade E or F in any of their three core or three elective subjects are advised the same.

Candidates applying for degree programs should have at least credit scores in the following:

  • The three core subjects. These core subjects are mathematics, English language, integrated science or social studies.
  • Any three elective subjects in the relevant programs
  • An aggregate score of the best six subjects must not exceed 36 for the WASSCE scale and 24 for the SSSCE scale. It is important to note that admission is competitive based, and hence some programs have their cut off lower than the scales mentioned above.
  • It should also be noted that social studies is a core subject and not an elective one.

Social studies can be used in place of integrated science for students who study arts and business subjects. For this to happen, these two conditions must be met:

  • The social studies grade needs to be better than the integrated science grade.
  • The candidate should at least have a pass in integrated science.

Integrated science is core for science students, and hence it cannot be replaced by social studies in the calculation of the candidates aggregate.

UDS cut off points for diploma programs

If you did not make it to the degree programs, there is no need to be sad as UDS offers world-class diploma programs.

To gain admission to a diploma program, a candidate must have at least five credit passes. This is in English language, mathematics plus credit passes in any other subjects. This applies to both SSSCE and WASSCE holders.

If you do not have a credit pass in English language or mathematics, you are advised not to apply for a diploma program. It is also important to note that not all candidates who meet the minimum requirements will gain admission. Preference will be given to the students with better grades.

Courses offered at UDS Tamale campus
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HND and other diploma holders seeking admission into degree programs

The requirements for this type of candidates are very straight forward. If you are an HND or any other diploma holder seeking admission for a degree program you should possess at least:

  • Second Class (Upper Division)or First Class in the relevant area so that you can be admitted to level 300
  • Second Class Lower or better to be admitted to level 200
  • Third class or pass to be admitted to level 100

Mature applicants

Mature students can also apply for courses offered at UDS. This is applicable to only programs under the Faculty of Integrated Development Studies (FIDS), Faculty of Education (FOE), School of Business and Law (SBL), and the Faculty of Planning and Land Management (FPLM); and also the BSc Mathematical Science Option in the Faculty of Mathematical Sciences (FMS).

Mature applicants must meet the following criteria:

  • Must be twenty-five years and above
  • Should have passes in five G.C.E O level subjects including English language, mathematics or statistics and science.

SSSCE and WASSCE holders must have credit or better in English language, mathematics plus any other passes in three elective subjects. It should be noted that if you are planning to pursue mathematical science courses, the elective subjects should include elective mathematics.

Candidates are expected to pass both a selection examination and an interview that is held by the university at the Tamale campus. Only candidates who get satisfactory marks are admitted to pursue the degree program.

Registered nurses

Applicants to the three year BSc Nurse Practitioner programme or 2/3-Year BSc Nursing programme must be registered nurses with a diploma or state-registered nurses certificate and at least three years of working experience. It is important to note that candidates who do not have three years of working experience are advised not to apply.

For the BSc Nurse Anaesthesia programme, candidates should have one of the following: RGN (Diploma) with a minimum of 3 years post-registration working experience, RGN (BSc Nursing) with 2 years post-registration working experience and Advanced Diploma in Nurse Anaesthesia with 2 years working experience.

Courses offered at UDS Tamale campus

The UDS Tamale campus houses the School of Medicine and Health Sciences (SMHS), the School of Allied Health Sciences (SAHS) and the Faculty of Education (FOE). The campus is in the Tamale Metropolitan Area. Tamale is the capital of the Northern Region of Ghana.

The list of courses offered at UDS can be accessed at the university website. The list of Postgraduate courses and diploma as well as all certificate courses can be found on the site as well. Here are the programs offered at UDS Tamale campus arranged by faculty:

Faculty of Education

There are three courses offered at UDS Tamale that take a 4-year duration from start to completion;

  • Bachelor of Arts (Development Education)
  • Bachelor of Education in Basic Education
  • Bachelor of Education in Early Childhood Care and Education

The only available diploma related course in the Faculty of Education at Tamale campus is the 2-year long Bachelor of Education in Basic Education. This course’s eligible candidates are previous holders of a diploma certificate in Basic Education.

Courses offered at UDS Tamale campus
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School of Medicine and Health Sciences

The school offers 3 undergraduate courses and one postgraduate course at Tamale campus. The two medicine courses take 6 years to complete, and the nursing course takes 2/3 years.

  • Bachelor of Medicine, Bachelor of Surgery (MBChB)
  • Doctor of Pharmacy (PharmD)
  • Bachelor of Science (Nurse Anaesthesia)

The first two require that you be a WASSCE Holder and that your elective subject be Sciences as well. The third course requires a RGN with a diploma or a BSc in Nursing or also an Advanced Diploma in Nurse Anaesthesia. The school also offers a Master of Public Health course that spans two years and is research-based.

School of Allied Health Sciences

This school offers the following courses:

  • Bachelor of Science (Nursing) – takes 4 years and is not open to those that took Business subjects for WASSCE.
  • Bachelor of Science (Community Nutrition) – takes 4 years as well. Open to Home Economics candidates.
  • Bachelor of Science (Midwifery) – lasts the same duration as the nursing course above and is also closed to WASSCE holders with business subjects.
  • Bachelor of Science (Nursing) – taking 2/3 years only open to Registered Nurses or SRN.
  • Bachelor of Science (Nursing) – this course is different and takes 3 years and is for holders of Community Health Nursing and Nurse Assistant Clinical with six credits in WASSCE.
  • Bachelor of Science (Midwifery) – this course variant takes 2 years and is for those who hold diplomas in midwifery.
  • Bachelor of Science (Midwifery) – 3 years for those with certificates in midwifery. It is also a variant for those with Registered General Nursing Certificates.
  • Bachelor of Science (Midwifery) – this course also takes 3 years and is for holders of Community Health Nursing and Nurse Assistant Clinical with six credits in WASSCE
  • Bachelor of Science (Nurse Practitioner) – it is exclusively for holders of Diplomas in Nursing, and WASSCE Holders should not apply. The course spans a period of 3 years.

There is a 6-year Doctor of Medical Laboratory Sciences (MLS.D) for which the qualification is three credit score in each of the WASSCE core subjects and electives Biology, Chemistry and Physics or Mathematics.

The school offers the following postgraduate courses at Tamale campus:

  • MSc./M.Phil. in Community Health and Development
  • MSc. Public Health Nutrition
  • M.Phil. in Public Health Nutrition
  • MPhil Chemical Pathology
  • PhD Chemical Pathology

The first three courses are taught in split modules, and at the end of each module, the student is examined before proceeding with the other modules at a pace they wish to move with. They are meant to take about 2 years.

When you complete all the modules, you will be allowed four months to write a 20000-word dissertation after which you are awarded an MSc, for an MPhil you will have to write 37500-word thesis which is allowed 9 months. It is for this reason that an MSc takes a year while an MPhil takes two years.

UDS fees 2020/2021

The amount of school fees differs in UDS depending on the course you want to take. This is to say one would pay a different amount for UDS engineering courses compared to other courses like education and the likes.

UDS grading system

The grading system at UDS is as shown below.

Courses offered at UDS Tamale campus

That is everything we had for you on UDS Tamale campus courses, cut off points, grading system and the rest. We hope this information will help smoothen your application process to this prestigious institution.

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Media Briefing: Education Minister to Outline Plans for Re-opening of Schools on Tuesday

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The Minister for Education, Dr Mathew Opoku Prempeh shall on Tuesday,June 2,2020 brief the press on the ministry’s preparations towards the reopening of schools.

The briefing which is expected to take place at the Ministry of Information Conference Hall shall take place at exactly 9:00 am.

The President of the republic, Akuffo Addo, yesterday May 31,2020 ,eased restrictions on gatherings amidst the COVID-19 pandemic.

The President instructed all Final year students to return to school to continue with their academic works whilst observing strict social distancing protocols.

The President said all Final year Tertiary Education students should report and n June 15, while WASSCE Candidates and Second Year Gold Track students report on June 22 and BECE Candidates report on June 29,2020.

Source: EducationGhana.net

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PRESEC Boy’s SHS Conquers Mawuli School to Lift The Sharks Quiz Season 3 Trophy

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Over the last three months, creativity and brains have been witnessed interworking seamlessly among competing Senior High Schools across the country to secure forward spots and coveted bragging rights in the just ended season three of The Sharks Quiz. Indeed, many failed to make it to the next stages of the competition whereas others proved to be heavyweights by grabbing some stars and adding some more shine to their already glistening names.

In the event of the final showdown which saw Presbyterian Boys Senior High and Mawuli Schools battle each other to win first place, there was an assortment of heightened tension and euphoria. Fate swung low and eventually grips of hope were lost when the Ho contingents allowed the Accra counterparts shoulder them to the side to win the ultimate prize.

Both schools had displayed impressive performances bludgeoning their ways through earlier contests to take on the final stage in what could be termed as “clash of the Titans”. The first round of the contest had Presec Boys pull a staggering 20 lead points ahead of Mawuli’s 40 score. The latter however stamped on their competitors to a 15-0 score in the second round, almost bringing the gap to a parallel length but fell an extra 5 points behind in the third round.

The determining round seemed rather inauspicious and more of a backpedal for the Mawulians as each wrong answer they gave costed them precious points and severed them a negative score in that round. The blue magicians on the other hand held on tightly to their magic wand and waved it to their advantage, conjuring on them; a crown of victory. Presec-Legon graciously drew down the curtains of the third season as winners and the real Sharks!

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The Sharks Quiz is an academic competition endorsed by the Ministry of Education that tests and strengthens the core competencies of students in Literacy, Numeracy, STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics) and is supported by Family Health Medical School, Academic City College, Ashesi University, Webster University, Indomie, B5 Plus, Frytol, Fortune Rice, Louisiana State University, University of St. Thomas, Givers Care, Coco Pops and Mcberry Biscuits.

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Address: Free SHS Will Become Real For Every Ghanaian Child

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President Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo says he would ensure that the Free Senior High School programme becomes real for every Ghanaian child.

Thus, with the successful implementation of the programme, he would ensure that during his time in government, more senior high schools would be built across the country to improve access to education for the accelerated development of the nation.

“It is the ambition that we will be able to plant senior secondary schools all across the country so that access to senior high school will become real for every child”, he said.

The President said this on Thursday when he met a delegation from the Kologo Traditional Area in the Kassena-Nankena municipality of the Upper East Region at the Jubliee House, Accra.

He said the educational policy has led to a significant increase in enrolment in high schools, with over a million students accessing free education nationwide.

President Akufo-Addo said every part of the country would benefit from improved educational infrastructure, to strengthen the human resource capacity needed for the socio-economic transformation of the country.

He assured the delegation, led by Naba Clifford Abagna Asobayire, the Paramount Chief of the area, which had requested for a senior secondary school to be sited in Kologo, that the community would benefit from the Free SHS policy in equal measure.

The President commended the king makers and people of the traditional area for the peaceful manner that the enskinment of the paramount chief was carried out last year.

“Having you here also enables me to thank all the people of Kologo, especially the king makers, for the smooth manner in which you ascended onto the skin.

“It is a good example for everybody in Ghana that traditional matters do not always have to end up in quibbles, tensions and difficulties, but that it is possible that the old chief goes and a new one comes and it is all done peacefully. I congratulate you and the people of Kologo in being able to do that,” he said.

He said he and his people are happy that the President has shown commitment to improving the lot of the people of Kologo, commending him and his government for fulfilling the pledge to construct the road from Navrongo to Kologo, which is currently ongoing.

Thanking the President for supporting the people of the area during the 2018 flood that displaced many, the Paramount Chief also tabled a number of requests before him, including the building of a district hospital and the upgrade of the Navrongo airport to facilitate air transport to the area.

President Akufo-Addo, in response, told the chief that government has already planned to site a hospital in the district as part of the plan of his administration to construct 88 hospitals in districts across the country.

He said the other requests would be given the necessary attention.

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Dep.Edu-Minister Speaks about why School Re-open for Gold Track Students

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President Akufo Addo during his 10th televised address eased the restrictions imposed on schools for final year students including the gold tracks solely as part of stringent measures to contain the spread of the pandemic.

According to the president they SHS 2 Gold Track students are required to resume on 22nd June.

“From Monday, 15th June 2020, the decision has been taken, after engagement with the Teacher Unions, whose co-operation I salute, to reopen schools and universities to allow for final-year junior high, senior high and university students to resume classes ahead of the conduct of their respective exit examinations.

Indeed, final year university students are to report to their universities on 15th June; final year senior high school (SHS3) students, together with SHS 2 Gold Track students, on 22nd June; and final-year junior high school (JHS 3) students on 29th June. JHS 3 classes will comprise a maximum of thirty (30) students; SHS classes a maximum of twenty-five (25) students, and University lectures will take place with half the class sizes”, president said.

However, teaching and learning activities for all other students remain closed.

Speaking with Omanhene Yaw Adu Boakye on Kessben Fm, the Deputy Education Minister Hon Yaw Osei Adutwum observed that, the Gold Track students during their turn of the shift system could not make it for studies before the ban on public gathering was imposed. In that regard, this is the appropriate time for them to have their part.

“The gold tracks are involve because it was their turn to go to school but they were stop due to the ban and this is the time they have to start their own ” he said.

The Member of Parliament for Bosomtwe Constituency stressed that, the reopening is with the appropriate enhanced safety protocols and social distancing.

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Ghana Christian High defends their title against familiar opponents, DPS Int’l

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The Sharks Quiz 2020

The Sharks Quiz started with 110 contestants from 22 schools, but now the competition had reached its climax. It was the season finale and interestingly, the two schools that had battled it out in last season’s championship match, Ghana Christian International High School and Delhi Public School, had qualified once again for the final. Last year’s final ended in pain and agony for Delhi Public School, as they were edged by a mere five points. This season, they hoped to get their revenge and Ghana Christian International High School were hoping to become back-to-back victors of the competition.

The first round is known as the Right Corner Round, it is based on General Knowledge in Ghana and Africa. Eight questions are posed to each school and a correct answer gives you ten points. There are no deductions in this round. In round one, Christian High gained for themselves a thirty point cushion, amassing 70 points whilst their opponents gained 40. However, the competition was far from over. There were three more rounds and DPS were strong in every department.

The second round is known as the R Cube round. The focus in this round is on reading, writing and arithmetic. Like is done in the first round, questions are posed to both schools. In this round there is a five point penalty for a wrong answer. Round 2 ended in a draw, with both schools amassing 20 points. Both schools had a reputation for working magic in the third round, also known as STEM Like No Other. Everyone was wondering which school would come out on top in
the third round.

The STEM Like No Other round focuses on science,as its name suggests. Like in round 2, a wrong answer attracts a five point penalty. However there is a twist, questions are not posed, instead the first school to buzz in is acknowledged. The STEM Like No Other round was an end to end battle, with both schools’ speed and accuracy being showcased. In the end however, Delhi Public School amassed 45 points whilst Ghana Christian International High School gained 20 points.

The competition was wide open and the fourth round would ultimately be the decider. If Christian High could hold on to their lead, they would succeed in defending the trophy. If DPS toppled them in the fourth round, however, they would have to surrender their crown.

The fourth round is the one-on-one round, in this round students face off in pairs based on their preferred subjects. Two questions are asked to the contestants in this round and the first person to hit their buzzer is acknowledged. A correct answer is worth ten points whilst a wrong one attracts a penalty of five points. After all the contestants had been asked their questions Ghana Christian International High School had 30 points and Delhi Public School had 25.

The final scores read 140 to Ghana Christian International High School and 130 to Delhi Public School. It was once again a close contest between the two and Christian High had just gotten the better of DPS once again.

Apart from the ultimate prize there were also individual awards to be won. Delhi Public School’s Shriman Jha won the Overall Best Student award and he also took home the Best In Science prize as well. Maxwell Ocloo of Manna International School won the Best In Mathematics award.

Adam Seidu of Delhi Public School and Kofi Anyimadu of Ghana Christian International High School won the Best in English and Best in General Knowledge prizes respectively.