• Thursday, April 19, 2018

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.




Nkwatia Presbyterian S.H.S Dinning Hall Roof Ripped Off

The Nkwatia Presbyterian Senior High School was hit by heavy rains in the early hours of Tuesday, 20th of March leaving the only Dinning Hall of the school in ruins.

The Kwahu East District Chief Executive Officer (DCE), Mr. Isaac Agyapong and the National Disaster Management Organisation (NADMO) District Director, Mr. Felix Asomani Kesse together with the district NADMO team have visited the school to ascertain the extent of the damage and the assistance the school will need during this disaster period.

Interacting with the Headmistress and staff of the School, Mr. Isaac Agyapong assured them that, as a matter of urgency, the District Assembly and the Member of Parliament (MP) for the constituency, Mr. Bryan Acheampong will assist them by providing roofing sheets for the re-roofing of the dinning hall.

No casualties were recorded, however the district NADMO teams have also promised to provide relief items to the students and the school as soon as possible.

Responding to the quick response from the DCE, NADMO and the MP after the disaster, the headmistress said the support will  go a long way to relieve the burden of the school to put back the only dinning hall back in to shape. She was very thankfully for the support accorded the school in this time of dire need.

Meanwhile, the DCE advised the school authorities to plant more trees that will serve as windbreakers to prevent future disaster in case of any heavy downpour.



Source: Emmanuel Dei/Wisetvonline.com


The Nkoranza South Municipal Chief Executive, Madam Diana Ataa Kissiwaa has cut sod for the construction of  a two “three unit” classroom block for the Dotobaa R/C primary and Proso primary schools in Nkoranza South Municipality.

Addressing the chiefs and people during the sod cutting ceremony, the MCE assured  the two beneficiary  communities that, the assembly will construct another four seater KVIP for the two schools. She promised the schools will be furnished  with dual desks and  connected to electricity to enhance teachings and learning.

The Chief of Dotobaa, Nana Gyasi Gyabaa commended the assembly for the project and pledge their total support towards the project.




Source:Ansah Gideon/wisetvonline.com


The National Democratic Congress Member of Parliament for  Wasa Amenfi Central, Mr. Peter Yaw Kwakye Ackah on Friday, 2, 2018, organized an inter school quiz competition for upper primary and junior high schools in the constituency.

The Wasa Amenfi Central examination officer of the West African Examination Council, Nathaniel Fiifi Sangmoah who stood in for the Member of Parliament during the competition said, the reason for the quiz competition is to equip and prepare the 2018 candidates ahead of the upcoming Basic Education Certificate Examination (B.E.C.E).

Amenfi Central District was adjudged 2nd place nationwide in the 2016 BECE result released by the West Africa Examination Council hence the need to keep motivations the pupils to maintain and improve on this performance, thus the need for the competition.

Mr. Sangmoah said, since quality education is the topmost priority of the Member of Parliament, he funded the competition with over ten thousand cedis (GHC10, 000). He hinted that, the   competition will prompt the candidate to read through their books to help recall what they have been thought in the classroom for the upcoming examination.

The Upper Primary schools that participated in the final quiz competition were Agona Amenfi D/A, Joy life international and Manso Amenfi D/A. Sagomens Hiawa primary school also took part in the competition.

Wasa Bekwai, Wasa Akyekyere and Manhyia area 7 with Kyiekrom D/A junior high schools took part in the Junior High School category. Wasa Akyekyere won the competition with 61 points.

Mr. Nathaniel Fiifi Sangmoah advised the students to take the lessons seriously and avoid activities that will hamper their educational developments.







An Accra Circuit Court on Wednesday sentenced Sophia Osei a 24-year-old pupil teacher for continually hailing insults on a 23-month-old child any time the baby attended school, to a pay a fine of GHc2,400.00.

The teacher will in default go to jail for 12 months.

Charged with emotional, verbal, and child abuse, Sophia pleaded guilty before the court presided over by Mrs. Abena Oppong Adjin Doku who convicted her on own plea.


Sophia was sentenced to a fine of GHc1,200.00 or in default serve a six-month jail term on the charge of emotional and verbal abuse; On the charge of child abuse, the convict was also to pay GHc2,400.00 or in default go to jail for 12 months. Sentences were, however, to run concurrently.

Handing the sentence, the court took into consideration age of the victim in that he was unable to differentiate right from wrong.


According to the court the accused who is a teacher should have known better. The convict was spared custodial sentence because the court noted that she was young.

Sophia’s deeds were exposed after the victim’s mother placed a recorder in her child’s bag to ascertain the cause of the baby lamenting any time he was sent to school.

Prosecuting Inspector Judith B. Asante told the court that the complainant is a seamstress and the victim’s mother. The victim attends school (name withheld) at Adjiriganor, Accra.


Prosecution said on April 5, last year the complainant enrolled his son in the school but anytime she sent the victim to school, he cried so much and refused to stay in the school.

According to the Prosecution, the complainant decided to find out why the victim cried always and placed a recorder in the victim’s school bag.


When the complainant picked up her son later after school and played the recorder it revealed that Sophia insulted the victim’s parents.

The Prosecution said the school authorities were informed and later a report was, made to the Police.




Osudoku SHS Closes Down over harmful smoke


Headmistress of Osudoku Senior High Technical School in the Greater Accra Region, Sylvia Baaba Yankey, has confirmed to journalists that her school has been shutdown temporarily because they can no longer endure harmful smoke emitted by a toiletries and a plastis manufacturing Chinese company close to the school.

According to her, the pollution from the company has worsened such that they had no option than to send the students home for health and safety reasons.

“The students agitated that because of the smoke they could not stay. The boys’ dormitory and the classroom block are close to the factory. Since [last week] Tuesday, the stench and the smoke, which, for some time now, has subsided, erupted again. Ghana Education Service (GES) is very much aware of the situation,” she said.

She said efforts made by the management of the school and the district education office to get the situation addressed have proven futile.

“Some time ago, we were all invited to a meeting, the management of the school, the District Education Office and the management of the company, and then when we expressed our concerns, we were asked to put certain measures in place which to some extent we did, but we do not know what happened, and this week since Tuesday the smoke and the stench are coming again, ”she said.

The pollution by the Chinese company at Asutsuare in the Greater Accra Region, is reportedly affecting the health of some two thousand students of the school.

She said, as a result of that academic work was being affected by the pollution.

“We experience the fumes on the compound every now and then, some of them who took ill were taken to the hospital. According to some of them, the doctor advised them to stop smoking, meanwhile they don’t smoke,” she said.

Residents at Korleman City, an estate at Kuntunse, in the Ga West Municipality, last year raised similar concerns about how the activities of a Chinese Tomato paste factory was affecting them.

The residents first raised concerns over the possible long-term health hazards, following the improper disposal of waste by operators of the factory.

According to them, a thick smoke filled the air during the company’s operation, which was accompanied by an excessive noise.

Independent investigations by the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) revealed that the tomato factory was operating illegally and the agency proceeded to fine the company GHc15,000.

The company was also ordered to halt any form of production.

The factory, which belongs to some Chinese expatriates, stopped operating for a while but resumed full production later

After a back and forth between residents and the Ga West Municipal Assembly, the Minister for Environment, Science and Technology, ordered the company to close down.



Source:Today Newspaper



Pupils of Salifu-Krom primary school in the Nkwanta- South Municipality in the Volta Region are forced to sit on bare floors to study due to lack of classroom furniture.

A visit to the school revealed that the total number of furniture in the school from KG to class 3 is less than twenty (20). Meanwhile there are over sixty pupils per class.

This unfortunate situation has compelled the school authorities to allow the pupils in KG to sit on the floor while other classes have limited chairs and desks.

According to the Head Teacher of the school Mr. Yahaya Richard, he said the dire condition in the school is affecting class attendance and performance of the children. He added that the children most of the time don’t attend school because of the depilated classroom they sit in to study.

“In fact, the situation here is so appalling, we don’t have textbooks and  teaching aids, we therefore call on government, the municipal assembly, individuals, NGO’s and other agency to come to our aid. ‘We further appeal to the government to consider Salifu- Krom D/A Primary School with the feeding program to motivate the children to stay in school” he said.

Some frustrated pupils in an interview called for support from individuals, organization and the government.

On his part the Municipal Director of Education Dr Stephen Kwame Tsoursefe  appreciated  the efforts  of the teaching  staff of the school  for  their  hard  work irrespective of the challenges they  face. He however assured them that the education service with assistance from the Municipal Assembly will do their best to assist them.

He said, no child of school going age should not be deprived of that privilege and that his office will as soon as possible go to the aid of the school.


Source:Emmanuel Brew Daniels/wisetvonline.com

U/W: Eremong SHS Shut Down After Students Riot Over Entertainment Rules


The Eremong Senior High Technical School in Lawra in the Upper West region has been shut down indefinitely following riots from students.

The riot occurred on Saturday night when the students opposed a directive from a teacher over entertainment rules.

The teacher is said to have told the students that their scheduled entertainment had been called off because most of the students were seen in unsubscribed attire.

According to reports, the students who were infuriated by the teacher’s dictate, besieged the administration block and destroyed properties belonging to the school.


The students reportedly attacked the Headmistress of the school and smashed his motorbike and physically assaulted him .

The students, however, claim that they became violent and decided to riot only after a friend of a teacher attacked and manhandled a student for dressing improperly.

The Police were called to maintain calm after which the school was shut down indefinitely.

The District Director of Education, according to the report, has set up a five member committee to probe the cause of the riots.



Legon in GH¢200m judgment debt scare


The government of Ghana is at risk of payment of over GH¢200 million in judgment debt as a result of the failure of the University of Ghana Enterprise Limited to pay a loan contracted in 2008.

The University of Ghana Enterprise Limited (UGEL), which is a wholly owned company of the University of Ghana, responsible for hospitality activities contracted a loan of GH¢43,000,000 from a consortium of six banks with the University of Ghana as a guarantor of the loan in February 2008 but has since failed to repay the loan.

A review of the 2017 Auditor General’s report by iWatch Africa revealed that the lenders have instituted a suit against the University to recover the amount owed by UGEL. The outstanding balance on the loan as at 31st December 2015 was GH¢211,718,663. The case has not yet been determined according to the report.

“Our checks also indicated that UGEL financial statements as a company registered under the Ghana Companies Act, 1963 (Act 179), has never been audited to establish its state of affairs and to assess its ability to generate sufficient revenues,” iWatch Africa’s Policy Analyst Gideon Sarpong noted.

The Auditor General has indicated that the University of Ghana and for that matter the Government of Ghana risks being liable for the repayment of loans guaranteed, and this could have a material impact on the cash flow of the University.


Source: Ghana/Starrfmonline/103.5FM

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