• Thursday, June 21, 2018

“Colleges Of Education To Be Upgraded To University Colleges In September” – President Akufo-Addo

The President of the Republic, Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo, has stated that from the 2018/19 academic year, which begins in September 2018, all Colleges of Education in the country will be upgraded to University Colleges.

Additionally, from September, President Akufo-Addo indicated that a 4-year Bachelor of Education (B.Ed) degree will be introduced in the University Colleges.

“These Colleges will, initially, be affiliated with the University of Cape Coast, and, subsequently, to other public universities. This means that, eventually, a first degree will be the minimum requirement for teaching at any level of our education system”, he said.

Currently, many teachers who complete the three-year Diploma in Basic Education (DBE) at the Colleges of Education go on, later, to do a two-year top-up first degree, by distance learning, at the University of Cape Coast.

This means that, in addition to the extra amount of money spent on getting a degree, it takes trainee teachers not less than five years to get a degree.

“With the introduction of the 4-year Bachelor of Education degree, you would now obtain your first degree at the end of your schooling. This ensures that you enter the teaching service as university graduates, with an increase in your earning capacity,” the President added.

President Akufo-Addo made this known on Saturday, 16th June, 2018, when he delivered the keynote address at the 170th anniversary celebration of the Presbyterian College of Education, in Akropong, in the Eastern Region.

Stressing the importance of teachers, the President indicated that all modern, successful nations that have experienced extraordinary results in the formation of human capital and economic development, such as Singapore, Finland, Korea and Canada, have shown that teacher quality is the single most important determinant of their success.

He, therefore, indicated that “for us also to make a success of our nation, we must pay attention to teachers. It is only a crop of well trained and motivated teachers that can help deliver the educated and skilled workforce we require to transform our economy.”

In addition to this year’s 11% increase in basic salaries for teachers, the President revealed that Government has cleared all arrears, accrued between 2013 and 2016, owed teachers with respect to travel allowances, transfer grants and overtime allowances.

“Presently, Government is no longer accruing arrears. We have instituted an insurance package for teachers with SIC Life, which has been agreed on with the teacher unions. We have reinstituted teacher trainee allowances. Government intends to restore the teaching profession to the status it once enjoyed, and make it an attractive career choice,” he added.

With Government focusing on improving the quality and strengthening the quality of technical and vocational education and training, the President indicated that his administration has, thus, begun the supply of equipment to boost the capacity of the Colleges of Education that specialize in technical and vocational teacher training.

Mampong Technical College of Education, some four days ago, benefitted from the provision of two thousand, five hundred and eighty-six (2,586) pieces of assorted Science, ICT, Technical and Vocational equipment.

President Akufo-Addo assured that all other Technical Colleges of Education, including the Presbyterian College of Education, will, in the course of the year, receive their due share.

“These reforms form part of Government’s vision to transform the country’s education delivery system to meet the needs of a 21st century economy, and to produce a skilled and confident workforce to drive the nation’s agenda for industrialisation and modernization,” he added.

BECE STARTS WITH OVER 500,000 CANDIDATES

A total of 509,824 candidates from 16,060 basic schools will be sitting for this years’ Basic Education Certificate Examination (BECE) at 1,772 examination centres across the country, today, Monday, June 4, 2018,

The number consist of 263,295 males and the 246,529 females, representing an increase of 8.9 per cent over  468,060 in 2017, most of them will be apprehensive, as they are yet to get their choices of senior high schools (SHSs) fed into the West African Examinations Council (WAEC) system.

Parliament has urged the West African Examination Council (WAEC) to ensure that the exams run smoothly without any hitches.

Government officials are scheduled to tour some of the centres this morning.

Students who pass their BECE will qualify to pursue secondary education and will be the second batch of students to enjoy free Senior High School education.

Meanwhile, the Ghana Education Service (GES) has urged the public to be assured that candidates sitting for the exams will be allowed to select their preferred Senior High Schools under the school selection and placement policy despite the unusual delay.

According to the GES, the delay is a result of a new policy guideline it has introduced into the school selection policy

GES has said that candidates who sit for the exams will be given three weeks after their exams to select their schools.

 

 

 

Source:Naayirima Dery/wisetvonline.com

Minority in Parliament Accuses UEW Acting Vice Chancellor of Abuse of Power

The Minority in Parliament has accused the Acting Vice Chancellor of the University of Education (UEW) of abuse of power and disrespect for laid down procedures at the University.

According to the Ranking Member on Education, Peter Nortsu – Kotoe, recent developments at the University needs some special attention citing the court action which resulted in the suspension from office of some principal officers including the Vice Chancellor and the Director of Finance and the counter court decision which called for their re-instatement.

Also, the suspension of works on some development projects which otherwise could have brought relief to both staff and students, therefore, believes in the need to raise these issues so that the Ministry of Education can take necessary steps to address them.

This was contained in press statement issued by the Minority in Parliament signed by its ranking member on education, Mr. Peter Nortsu-Kotoe.

Explaining their accusations further, the Minority in Parliament revealed that, the Vice Chancellor and his culprits have arrogated extreme powers to themselves that, they are engaged in the dismissal of faculty members and other staff members on the perception that they support the interdicted staff.

The Council and Acting Vice Chancellor they accused have also transferred over two hundred (200) staff from their various post in Kumasi, Winneba and as well as Mampong campuses on flimsy excuses of regular transfers and paying them whooping sum of Four Hundred Thousand Ghana Cedis (Gh₵400,000.00) to them as transfer grants.

“What is even disturbing is that some of them are nursing mothers and whose complains is threatened with dismissal” Mr. Nortsu-Kotoe lamented.

Meanwhile, the Acting Vice Chancellor who was appointed by the so called “illegal” Interim Council and should have left office with the interdicted principal officers had exhausted his term as a Pro – Vice Chancellor and no longer qualified to act as a Vice Chancellor.

Secondly, the dismissal of Dr Bekoe of the Winneba Campus and his forceful ejection from his residence on the orders of the Acting Vice Chancellor he stated is not only in a bad taste but an act not expected in an academic environment.

Indicating that, “It is on record that the Acting Vice Chancellor ordered that utility supplies to the residence of Dr. Bekoe be cut off opining that, what is even disgraceful is his order for the removal of doors and windows to the apartment when the estate staff realized that Dr. Bekoe could not be ejected easily.

Interestngly, under the labour laws of this country, anyone on interdiction or suspension from office and under investigation receives a percentage of his or her gross salary to sustain his or her family but ironically, salaries of these affected principal officers have been stopped since January 2018 under the instructions of the University Council and the Acting Vice Chancellor.

It is in this direction that the Minority in Parliament sees the conduct of the Council and the Acting Vice chancellor as abuse of power and disregard for laid down procedures which is giving a very bad image to the University.

However, the Minority through its press statement is calling on the Minister of Education to take the necessary steps to address the issues and restore sanity into the administration of the University so that faculty members and staff do not live in perpetual fear of intimidation in the discharge of their duties.

 

 

 

Source: Ishmael Barfi/wisetvonline.com

“Funding Free SHS The Most Equitable Use Of Oil Revenues” – President Akufo-Addo.

The President of The Republic, Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo, says the use of some of the country’s oil revenues to fund the Free Senior High School policy, which is guaranteeing all Ghanaian school-going school access to senior high school education, is most appropriate.

According to President Akufo-Addo, “We are using some of the income from our oil revenue to fund the programme. I believe strongly that this is the most equitable and transparent use of the oil revenue, instead of it finding its way into the pockets of politicians and bureaucrats.”

As a result of the implementation of the Free SHS policy, the President stated that his Government is laying a strong foundation for an educated and skilled workforce of the future, adding that “we are investing in our future scientists, engineers, modern farmers, innovators, entrepreneurs, and transformation agents!”

President Akufo-Addo made this known on Friday, 11th May, 2018, when he delivered the keynote address at the 2018 Oxford Africa Conference, at the University of Oxford.

This year, the Akufo-Addo government has announced that it will spend some GH¢453 million ($103 million) of the country’s oil revenue on funding Free SHS, more than double the amount spent last year on funding the policy.

Addressing the gathering on the theme “Enough Rhetoric: Catalysing an Era of Concrete Action”, the President stated that his administration has embarked on shifting the emphasis in education to ensure that science, technology, engineering and mathematics drive all sectors of the economy.

“We are committing resources to basic and applied science and engineering to ensure that we are able to meet the critical need for technicians and engineers. This process encompasses also a scaling up of technical, vocational and education training to supply the skills needed to build a modern economy,” he added.

Increase in Trade

Touching on the issue of trade, President Akufo-Addo stated that the ratification of the Continental Free Trade Area agreement by the Ghanaian Parliament, would mean that the era of low volumes of intra-continental trade that have defined the activities of the African economies will come to an end.

“Up till now, trade between African regions has remained low compared to other parts of the world. In 2000, intra-regional trade accounted for 10% of Africa’s total trade, and increased marginally to 11% in 2015. Trading amongst members of the European Union, for example, amounted to 70% in 2015,” the President said.

He noted that with Africa’s population set to increase from 1.2 billion to 2 billion in 20 years time, an increase in intra-regional trade in Africa is the surest way to develop fruitful relations between African countries.

This market, he explained, will present immense opportunities to bring wealth and prosperity to the African people, with hard work, ingenuity, innovation and enterprise.

“It will mean a rapid increase in exchanges of our agricultural, financial, industrial, scientific and technological products, which would enhance dramatically our attainment of prosperity, and the prospects of employment for the broad masses of Africans, particularly our youth. Our economies would then be shaped not by the production and export of raw materials, but by the things we make,” he added.

Source:wisetvonline.com

GREATER ACCRA LIBRARIAN APPEALS FOR A LIBRARY FUND

The Greater Accra Regional Librarian, Mr. Guy Amarteifio, has called on government to consider putting up a public fund also called the library fund to help develop activities of the Ghana Library Authority in the country.

According to him, libraries are important because they act as catalyst or fulcrums to nation building and development.

Mr. Amarteifio in an exclusive with wisetvonline.com said the country can boost of 10 regional libraries, 51 branch libraries and 10 mobile libraries which move to areas where the Authority feels are underserved to help with education.

He revealed that, the Authority is unable to live on their mandate due to the fact that government is the sole agent funding their operations.

Mr. Amarteifio called on benevolent institutions, philanthropists and organizations to come to the aid of the Authority by supporting and sponsoring their programs, “In the communities we have banks, churches and others organizations and these are the people we look up to come to our aid”.

He also recounted measures and activities the Authority have put in place to help its patrons.

He noted the authority is yet to convince some benefactors to bring up tool library system in the country to give library users a practical feel of artisanal tools and its use, “This library tool is happening in other places, we are even in the process of trying to see whether we can get collaborators on board to establish that thing here because it helps a lot.  We are thinking of helping the children to use the vocational skills that they have acquired in classroom. They can even to build benches to help the communities where they live”.

Mr. Amarteifio disclosed that, his institution has incorporated a library system called the “door to door” system where librarians move to schools and communities which are far away from places where there are libraries to help people study more. But he has cautioned people not to take mobile library as an intervention rather another system of library operation.

He however dismissed the assertion that Ghanaians no longer visit the libraries but hinted that there is a decline in numbers due to the afternoon classes teachers conduct for their pupils in school lately.

 

 

Source:Yaa Amoakoawaa Yeboah/wisetvonline.com

Sack all Head Teachers in Assin Land for not giving Proper Sex Education –Pressure Group tells GES

The Network for Assin Development is calling on the government as a matter of urgency to sack all the Head Teachers of both the basic and the Senior High School in the Assin Land for failing to give the students proper sex education.

According to them, as a result this, teenage pregnancy has sky rocked in the area leading to unnecessary school drop-out in the Assin Land.

The Convener of the Network for Assin Development, Mr. Samuel Adobah, noted that teachers in the various schools have woefully failed.

“Because we believed it is important for schools to grow the habit of giving sex education to teenagers to reduce high birth we are calling on all the stakeholders including DCE, MCE, and Gender Minister to collaborate to enact laws to regulate irresponsible patenting,” he stressed.”

More so, parents who fail to take proper care of their wards must be arrested. Besides any teenager who gets pregnant at age of 17 and below should be arrested.

The Network is also calling on all stakeholders, opinion leaders and faith-based organisations to help curb the high rate of teenage pregnancy in the Assin.

 

 

 

Source: Isaac Dzokpo/wisetvonline.com

President Akufo-Addo Commends UPSA Governing Council For Renaming University After Founder

The President of the Republic, Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo, has commended the Governing Council of the University of Professional Studies for its decision, in accordance with the Statutes of the University, to rename the University after founder and first director of the University, Nana J. K. Opoku-Ampomah.

According to President Akufo-Addo, “It is a most excellent decision, which has received the approval of the President of the Republic, so that, once the parliamentary process has been completed, this University will be called thenceforth the Opoku Ampomah University of Professional Studies.”

President Akufo-Addo made this known on Wednesday, 25th April, 2018, when he delivered the keynote address at events marking the 4th special Congregation ceremony of the University of Professional Studies (UPSA).

The Congregation ceremony, amongst others, also conferred honorary doctorate degrees on Nana J. K. Opoku-Ampomah, founder and first director of the Institute of Professional Studies, and the second, Mr. Ahmad Ahmad, Vice President of FIFA, the world governing body of football, and President of the Confederation of African Football (CAF).

From relatively small and humble beginnings in 1967, the President stated that UPSA has become one of the most progressive, public institutions of higher learning in Ghana, offering both academic and professional tertiary education qualifications.

He added that after being in existence for 50 years, UPSA has gained the reputation as the oldest, human resource development institution in professional accountancy and management in Ghana, with many of its products in key leadership positions in and out of the country.

“The outstanding work done under the leadership of Nana Opoku-Ampomah, who braved all odds and courageously sowed the biblical mustard seed, deserves special commendation,” he added.

President Akufo-Addo assured that his government remains fully committed to ensuring that all of Ghana’s youth gain access not only to senior high school education, but also to tertiary education, as they represent the best ways of equipping the citizenry with the requisite skills for national development.

“We are aware that adequate funding of higher education has been one of the challenges of successive governments. At the graduate level, this, particularly, has become a topical issue in recent times,” he said.

The President continued, “As part of efforts to deal with the problem of funding higher education, government has committed itself to the establishment of a research fund for the sole purpose of funding relevant and sector-specific research work in our institutions of higher learning. This is in addition to the Book and Research Allowance.”

Government, the President assured, will continue to support tertiary institution-industry collaborative programmes to increase opportunities for practical training and internship.

“We shall promote curriculum development to meet the skills and human resource demands of industry, create opportunities for work and study, and make training in entrepreneurship a cardinal component of the school system,” he added.

Towards establishing the enactment of a law to establish a unified Commission for Tertiary Education to deal with policy formulation, implementation and accreditation, the President revealed that the Ministry of Education will shortly begin implementing recommendations that will reform university accreditation and affiliation policies in order to introduce equity and fairness in the establishment of public and private universities.

He commended the Council and Management of the University of Professional Studies for placing emphasis on courses relevant to the needs of the Ghanaian economy, particularly, in the areas of management sciences, accountancy, marketing, banking and finance, communications, information technology, law and other related social sciences.

“The establishment of the endowment fund to help the needy, but brilliant students is also in the right direction. Government, and the Ministry of Education, under its dynamic Minister, Hon. Dr. Matthew Opoku Prempeh, Member of Parliament for Manhyia South, will continue to support you as much as the state of our public finances permit,” he said.

 

 

 

Source:presidency.gov.gh

GNECC Moves to Strengthen Ghana’s Educational System

As part of efforts to help strengthen the educational system in the country, a non – governmental organization called Ghana National Education Campaign Coalition (GNECC) has taken another step by launching “Global Action Week Education (GAWE)” for 2018.

Over the years, the Global Action Week Education has been used as a platform to highlight on key issues affecting quality education delivery in Ghana.

However, this year’s (GAWE) has the theme: “Strengthening Citizens’ Participation and Accountability in Education Management; A milestone for Achieving SDG4”. Since education underpins many of the SDGs and also a fundamental to the realization of other rights.

Speaking at the launching ceremony in Accra, the Director General of Ghana Education Service, Prof. Kwasi Opoku – Amankwah stated unequivocally that, achieving the SDG4 requires the partnership and participation of government and stakeholders in the education sector.

This he said, has the need to strengthen citizens’ participation and accountability in education management, which is the key to achieving SDG4.

Adding that, citizen participation in education management goes not only to rest on advocacy but includes identification of problems confronting education and also providing alternate solutions and active involvement through consultation and providing feedback on issues that would help improve education service delivery in the country.

“The importance of accountability in education is to respond to the implicit social contract between society and the school system which are set of policies and practices that a state uses to measure and hold Education Managers responsible for raising pupils/students achievement and to prompt and support improvement where necessary,” he explained.

Attaining SDG4 requires policies and programmes that places people at the center, it calls for constructive engagement of citizens and Civil Society Organizations (CSOs) in shaping decisions that would facilitate the achievement of SDG4, Prof. Opoku-Amankwah added.

According Prof. Opoku-Amankwah, the core mandate of the GES is to ensure that all Ghanaian children of school going age, irrespective of tribe , gender , disability , religious and political affiliations are provided with quality formal education and training.

This he said, GES will continue to implement measures that will strengthen citizens’ participation to improve learning outcomes.

The Executive Council Chairman of Ghana National Education Campaign Coalition (GNECC) Mr. Bright Appiah stated that, GNECC as member of the GCE has the mandate to organize the Global Action Week in Ghana.

This year, the focus is on accountability for SDG4 and will stress on the State’s obligations towards building a democratic systems and governance through investment in quality inclusive public education.

 

Objectives of GAWE 2018

  • To strengthen citizens’ capacity to demand accountability from government in providing free, equitable, quality pre-tertiary education.
  • To advocate for more transparency and accountability in the use of resources for education from duty bearers.
  • To advocate for communities about SDG4 and the roles of stakeholders in achieving targets.
  • To advocate for a clear roadmap from government for the attainment of SDG4.

 

 

 

 

Source: Isaac Kofi Dzokpo/wisetvonline.com

New School Block for Oboyan Community

As part of efforts to improve the standard of Education within the Kwahu East District, the District Chief Executive, Mr. Isaac Agyapong and Member of Parliament, Mr. Bryan Acheampong -Minister of State in charge of National Security- on Friday, the 23rd of March, 2018 cut sod for the construction of a 3- Unit Classroom Block with ancillary facilities at Oboyan D /A Junior High School.

The construction of the school building was in fulfillment of a promise the Member of Parliament made to the people of Oboyan during the 2016 election campaign.

The project is expected to be completed within six (6) months per the contract agreement and the contractors are Zip-Tic Ventures, construction firm in Kwahu.

The Chief and people of Oboyan expressed their gratitude to the District Chief Executive and the Member of Parliament for fulfilling their promise to them. They further assured the Member of Parliament and District Chief Executive to take good care of the facility when completed.

 

 

Source:wisetvonline.com

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