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licensing exam for all prospective teachers in Ghana.

According to the National Teaching Council (NTC) passing the license exams is a must The National Teaching Council (NTC) of the Ministry of Education has instituted a licensing exam for all prospective teachers in the country. According to the communique by the NTC, starting from the 2017/2018 academic year all prospective teachers will write a professional examination before they are recognised.

In a letter dated May 3, 2018 and signed by the Executive Secretary of the NTC, Dr. Evelyn Oduro, said: “passing the Licensure Examination is one of the conditions for the issuance of Professional Teaching License and Registration Numbers to qualified trained teachers”. The statement also noted that the first batch will write their exams on July 25, 2018.
The letter further indicated that fees and charges for the said exams will be communicated to students in due course. There was a wave of panic and confusion among the various teacher unions when the issue came to the fore last year, but the NTC insisted the move was to enforce discipline and eliminate non-performing teachers from the system, in accordance with the new Teachers Licencing Policy under the Education Act 778 (2008).

New guidelines for placement of candidates into SHSs out

The Computerised Schools Selection and Placement System (CSSPS) has introduced new policy guidelines for the placement of candidates of this year’s Basic Education Certificate Examination (BECE) into senior high schools (SHSs) and technical institutes (TIs).
The policy guidelines, which aim at ensuring the smooth placement of BECE candidates, follow a review of last year’s placement exercise undertaken by the Ministry of Education and the Ghana Education Service (GES).
“We have received some policy guidelines from the Ministry of Education and there is a new paradigm shift from the guidelines that were implemented last year. We are the policy implementors and so whatever comes from the ministry is what we will use,” the National Coordinator of the CSSPS, Mr Mark Sasu-Mensah, told the Daily Graphic in an interview in Accra.
He said the improved policy guidelines were developed out of the challenges encountered during last year’s placement exercise.
Giving an explanation of the guidelines, he said all second-cycle school had been grouped into public SHSs, public technical/vocational institutions, private SHSs and private technical/vocational institutions.
“Candidates must select a total of five schools in their school selection process. They must, in addition, select programmes and residential status of their choice. This is compulsory because some schools have boarding facilities, while others have provision for both day and boarding students, with others still being day or community schools,” he said, adding that “failure to follow instructions will result in the computer rejecting one’s selection”.
Mr Sasu-Mensah said the public SHSs are in four categories: A, B, C and D, adding that the guidelines required BECE candidates to choose only one school from Category A, which has 55 schools regarded as top institutions or popular and were oversubscribed.
He said Category B had 220 schools and candidates had the opportunity to choose two schools from the category.
Category C had 363 schools and candidates could choose up to four schools from that group, he said.
With regard to Category D, he said candidates were compelled to choose a school from that class.
“Category D is the group from which candidates must compulsorily choose a day school. In choosing a school from here, it is important for candidates to choose a day school in their catchment area. I’d like to stress that it is compulsory and every candidate has to do that.
“If you live in Madina, for example, you can choose a school like the Presbyterian Boys’ Senior High School (PRESEC), Legon because PRESEC, Legon is both a day and a boarding institution. This is irrespective of whether you have chosen PRESEC, Legon in Category A. The same applies to schools in other areas,” he said.
For the technical, vocational education and training (TVET) schools, Mr Sasu-Mensah said a candidate could choose all his five schools from that section.
He said as soon as a candidate chose an SHS from categories A, B or C, the person would have to satisfy Category D by compulsorily choosing a day school from the group.
He said after going through the process of selection, candidates would have to arrange their schools in an order of preference.
Mr Sasu-Mensah said candidates who desired to attend private schools were also free to do so.
He appealed to candidates, parents, teachers and district examination officers to be meticulous in their selection of schools, since problems encountered in the past were as a result of the wrong selections done by them.
“I beg all those who feed the choices and data of candidates into the West African Examinations Council (WAEC) system to be extra careful in their work because failure to do what was required would affect the selection done by the candidates,” he said
About 500,000 candidates from16,060 public and private basic schools from across the country will be taking part in this year’s BECE.


UMB Ghana Tertiary Awards 2018 Launches On April 20

Youth Web Group, organizers of the annual Ghana’s most prestigious tertiary student’s awards will officially launch the UMB Ghana Tertiary Awards (GTA) 2018.
The awards scheme, which is in its fifth year (5years) will be launch on the theme: “ DEVELOP THE POSSIBILITIES AND DO GREAT THINGS FOR GHANA) ” at the SUNCITY HOTELS APARTMENT in Accra around Osu – Kingdom Bookshop Building on Friday, 20th April, 2018 at 6PM.
In a short interview with the Founder and CEO of Youth Web Ghana (UMB Ghana Tertiary Awards) Mr. Richmond Amofa – Sarpong, He said “Ghana has currently has a student population of over 315,000 in the country’s tertiary education system.There are 10,383 foreign students in Ghana. Most people in the tertiary schools are between the ages of 19 to 24 years old.Young people enroll in universities to achieve academic excellence whiles in school University education in Ghana can be completed in a maximum of 4 years and a minimum of 2years.
There are over 146 universities both public and private in Ghana. These universities are spread across the major urban regions in Ghana.Tertiary students are made up of both local and international students. Therefore they are exposed to all cultures. International students make up 3.2 percent of the total tertiary population in Ghana. Most young people feel a sense of liberation when they enter university. They finally have the freedom to create their own path and make their own decisions on their own. They are greatly influenced by peers, trends and social media.”
He again added that “for the sake of Ghana’s future and Africa in mind have decided to be very consistent in the business of Awarding outstanding students whose lives are changing our society positively. The goals of the UMB GHANA TERTIARY AWARDS 2018 is “to Award students whose lives have changed their society, through their contribution in the area of their work even though they are students.
• To understand why the students lose their way and self-awareness needed to avoid derailment
• To equip the students with leadership principles, values and ethical boundaries that will enable them handle pressures when severely challenged.
• To find strategies to eliminate extreme poverty, up-hold human right, safeguard a sustainable community and human dignity for poor and vulnerable population.
• To use this Awards platform to talk to them to take leadership positions right from school or community or parliament or hold international roles to boost the current quota.
•To use this year’s Awards Festival to educate the students on “the myth of hepatitis B” And to debunk the myths around it.
• To explore the understanding of Entrepreneurship and Identify factors and resources which are useful in the undertaking initiatives and entrepreneurial activities by students
•To understand what is motivating them, both extrinsically and intrinsically and to find leadership paths that will enable them to utilize their motivated capabilities”
Mr. Richmond Amofa Sarpong concluded by saying that “By the end of the Awards, we would have created a strong generational breed of informed and Competent tertiary students ready to take action for their rightful placement, as well as encouraged them to engage in the activities of comprehensive, direct and context-specific, Strategies to empower the youth and leave a legacy. It is expected that the students would have;  Been equipped with skills that empower them in their career development paths.
Identified their self-worth and ability to say “NO”. Been challenged to transform lives and inspire change wherever they find themselves. Acquire extensive information regarding Hepatitis B. Been inspired and empowered to be entrepreneurs to raise their income level which would affect the Economic development and bring Social change”.
The Leadership of the Biggest Students Awards Scheme in Ghana will also announce during the launch the date of the Awards night and also unveil the Trophy as well as categories. The UMB GHANA TERTIARY AWARDS 2018 is sponsored by Universal Merchant Bank, Indomie Ghana, Malta Guinness, McVities Ghana, Fiesta Condom, Lydia Contraceptive, Boom Entertainment, Kalm Center, Suncity Hotel Apartment, GH Media School, AiT, MTECH and OJ Designs.


TEMA: DPSI Holds 3rd Graduation Ceremony

Tema-based Delhi Public School International (DPSI) has held its third graduation.
The short but colourful graduation ceremony which saw stage drama and music performances from students was only for learners at the pre-primary and primary levels.

A total of 75 pupils passed out from primary to middle school level during the ceremony held on Thursday at the school’s campus.
An additional 28 pupils graduated from pre-primary to primary.
It was a moment of joy for parents, guardians and teachers as the graduands were called on stage to pick their certificates which were presented by the Director of DPSI, Mukesh Thakwani.
The principal of DPSI, David Raj speaking to the press on the sidelines of the ceremony, expressed optimism that students of DPSI shall grow to form a strong alumni association to be made up of entrepreneurs, aristocrats, diplomats, among others.
He said they shall raise the “flag of DPSI high” in the years to come.
According to him, before they depart from DPSI, they would have been equipped to the extent that they would be very useful to their societies and the world at large.
Meanwhile, Mr Thakwani encouraged parents to support their wards in extra-curricular activities.
He reiterated that students of DPSI were not only excelling in their academic activities but in extra-curricular works too, which he said was highly commendable.
Credit: peacefmonline.com


Return Your Mercedes Benz – Suspended Wa Poly Rector Ordered

The Wa Polytechnic Governing Council has ordered the institution’s suspended Rector, Professor Emmanuel Marfo-Owusu, to park his five hundred thousand Ghana Cedis Mercedes Benz, that is at the centre of protests by lecturers of the school.
Last Monday, some angry lecturers at the Wa Polytechnic prevented Prof. Emmanuel Marfo-Owusu from accessing the campus and subsequently his office.
Among other things, the lecturers have alleged that the embattled rector procured the vehicle for himself without approval from the Governing Council.
Speaking to Citi News, the Chairman of the Wa Polytechnic Governing Council, Daniel Bagah Debagah, said the independent committee set up to investigate the allegations would start its work soon.
“The Mercedes Benz is at the centre of the allegations leveled against him. We have asked that an independent committee goes into the allegations. So once the Mercedes Benz is in the centre of it, we are saying that he should pack it and be using whatever car he was using before then.”
He said: “…we are expecting to get a report from the committee in the next two weeks.”
Prof. Owusu was suspended by a special committee comprising members of the Polytechnic Governing Council, who were tasked to investigate allegations of financial mismanagement leveled against him.
He has however filed a suit seeking to quash his suspension.
Prior to a ruling on his suit, there was chaos at the Polytechnic after some staff locked out Professor Marfo-Owusu, and chased him out of the campus, accusing him of intimidating workers among other things.
The Chairman of the Wa Polytechnic chapter of the Polytechnic Teachers Association of Ghana (POTAG), Mubash Bamie, speaking on behalf of teaching and non-teaching staff of the school, maintained that Prof. Owusu does not deserve to serve in that position given that he had been indicted in some corrupt deals.
Mr. Bamie said workers will repeat a similar action if the Rector returns, saying “if he comes we will block the roads again.”
I won’t fight Wa Poly lecturers
Prof.  Marfo-Owusu, had earlier said he will not be drawn into any personal confrontation with lecturers of the institution.
Professor Marfo-Owusu in a Citi News interview said his lawyers are advising him on his next move.
“I’ve left it with my lawyer to take up the action that will follow. And so in the course of the week, you will know the action that I will take,” he said.
‘You’re not higher than me’ – Suspended Wa Poly Rector slams NAPO
He has also blamed the Education Minister for his predicament, saying he was not giving a fair hearing before the Minister approved his suspension.
Addressing the media in Wa last Tuesday, Prof. Marfo-Owusu accused the Minister of being inconsiderate in the current impasse between him and staff of the polytechnic.
He explained that when his woes began, the Minister of Education summoned him, but he could not go because he was unwell and pleaded that the meeting be rescheduled.

“I’m not happy with the Minister of Education’s conduct… When he said that he will take his decision anyway, I look at it like he is being bossy over me. There is no need to be bossy we are all professionals. He should have looked at it like the few minutes he could have given me to be able to appear the following week, would have yielded better results. You don’t take a decision when you haven’t heard from the other side; it is wrong because even in court they need to listen to the other version.”
“But you taking a decision tells me that because you in such a position, you think you can do whatever you want. In any case, if he likes to be bossy because he is a minister, and then he will look down on anybody who works under him it won’t augur well for the nation.”

Source: citinewsroom.com


Political Parties Should Lead Education On MMDCEs’ Elections

Hajia Alima Mahama, Minister of Local Government and Rural Development has asked political parties to lead the charge of educating their members on the election of Metropolitan, Municipal and District Chief Executives (MMDCEs) on partisan lines.
“Political Parties should engage the people and send the message across. The issue of the election of MMDCEs is not a contentious one since all the political parties and the general population crave for it. Let’s engage more, build consensus and do the job,” she said.
Hajia Alima Mahama was interacting with participants at the second Regional sensitization workshop on the first time election of MMDCES in Ghana held in Ho, the Volta Regional capital.
It sought to among others, to build consensus on how to deepen local democracy and good governance with the election of MMDCEs on partisan basis.
Similar workshops which would be organised country wide under the Minister’s watch, also sensitized key stakeholders on their required roles in the upcoming referendum to amend the 1992 constitution for the MMDCES to be elected on partisan basis.
Participants including current and former Assembly and Unit Committee members, Chiefs and traditional authority leaders, Opinion leaders, Faith based organisations, Civil Society groups and Vulnerable groups such Persons With Disability(PWDs), women and economic and youth groups were exposed to the required functions of MMDCEs within Ghana’s decentralization system.
Hajia Mahama disclosed that her Ministry was in touch with stakeholders like the National Commission on Civic Education, the Electoral Commission, the Media, and political parties to smoothen the journey towards the election of MMDCEs on partisan basis.
She stressed that the practice was internationally accepted and that Ghana would have to devise a suitable way to make the practice more pragmatic acceptable, meaningful to the nation’s democratic dispensation, aspirations and development agenda.
Source: GNA

Demo Rocks K’dua Technical University

The main entrance of the Koforidua Technical University (KTU) in the Eastern Region was yesterday morning blocked by scores of students and lecturers who are on the heels of the university’s council chairman, Prof. Samuel Obeng Apori.
The demonstrators, clad in red and holding placards, were agitating for the resignation of the chairman or be forced out of office over his alleged ‘autocratic’ leadership style.
They blocked Mr Obeng Apori from entering the campus to attend a council meeting; and it took the intervention of the regional police to break the protest but peaceful march, which lasted for about an hour.
They accused Prof. Apori of meddling in the governance of the school, delaying promotions of staff as well as awarding contracts and making sole appointments without recourse to the council.
The protesters claimed that he was mismanaging the university, taking arbitrary decisions and creating what they called ‘unnecessary interference’ in the activities of the university and even  those of the SRC.
Dr. Anthony Ayakwa, the local chairman of the Technical University Teachers’ Association (TUTAG) who was part of the demonstration, accused the council chairman of giving unilateral orders and reversing decisions of the previous council.
He said Mr Obeng Apori cancelled academic trips to China, Dubai and Canada, despite the fact that some were fully sponsored by their foreign counterparts.
He also accused him of cancelling all payment of contractors and suppliers, unilaterally extending indefinitely the term of office of the Pro-Vice Chancellor, who had exhausted his tenure, thereby creating ‘tension’ and forcing some staff to resign.
Dr.  Ayakwa said the association had sent several petitions to the ministry of education and the council but had not yielded results hence, the demonstration.
The Vice Chairman of TUTAG, Jamal Mohammed, also said the embattled council chairman is offering an autocratic leadership which does not promote the peaceful running of the institution.
He said the council and the entire education authorities should take their concerns serious in order to prevent future demonstrations.
The spate of agitations against managements of tertiary institutions is increasing in the country.
Just last Monday, some angry lecturers and staff of the Wa Polytechnic in the Upper West Region chased out their Rector, Prof Emmanuel Marfo-Owusu, from campus.
Three unions – Polytechnic Teachers’ Association of Ghana (POTAG), the Polytechnic Administration Association of Ghana (PAAG) and the Polytechnic Workers’ Association of Ghana (POWAG) – accused him of being a dictator and called for his immediate removal.
They also said the rector was living a lavish lifestyle while the staff suffer, after he had purchased a vehicle for himself at the cost of over GH¢500,000 without the approval of the Governing Council.


Prof. Yankah calls for calm at Wa Polytechnic

The Minister of State in charge of Tertiary Education, Prof. Kwesi Yankah, has called for calm at the Wa Polytechnic.
In an interview with the Daily Graphic on Wednesday, Prof. Yankah said all forms of physical confrontations on the campus must cease.
“I am appealing to all the interested parties not to take the law into their hands, but rather they should allow due process and let the appropriate authorities deal with the issue,” he stated.
The embattled Rector of the polytechnic, Professor Emmanuel Owusu Marfo, had been accused by the staff of alleged mismanagement and the enraged staff last Monday, April 9  locked him out of his office, when he attempted to enter the place.
Government’s efforts
Prof. Yankah described the incident as unfortunate, adding that: “The government is not pleased with the confrontation between the rector and the staff.’’
On how the government was dealing with the issue, Prof. Yankah said the Minister of Education, Dr Matthew Opoku Prempeh, last week invited all the stakeholders to his office to resolve the impasse.
The meeting, he explained, took place, but certain key people failed to attend.
“That process is still ongoing; and hopefully, it will yield some fruits,’’ he noted.
Prof. Yankah was, however, quick to add that the governing council had the mandate to resolve such a crisis.
Legal action
“But now that the matter is in court, we call for the case to be dealt with expeditiously. Fortunately, the council has responded to the legal action filed by the rector,’’ he added.
Prof. Yankah also appealed to the students of the polytechnic not to take advantage of the situation to indulge in any illegalities that would disturb academic activities.
“So far, the incident has not affected academic activities or the normal running of the polytechnic. We call on all stakeholders to allow peace to prevail,’’ he stated.
In a related development, Emmanuel Modey reports from Wa that the Chairman of the Wa Polytechnic Council, Prof. Daniel Bagah, had refuted claims that Prof. Marfo who was inducted into office barely three weeks ago had vacated his post.
According to the chairman, following an agitation by a group of staff on Monday, March 26, 2018, he wrote to him to step aside for a committee to investigate a number of allegations leveled against him.
Prof. Bagah said the rector went to the campus last Monday, April 9 but was prevented from entering the office by a group of staff and non-teaching staff wielding cudgels and stones.
Earlier, the enraged staff had barricaded the roads with logs in an attempt to attack him.
He said the allegations against the rector needed to be investigated, but the rector went to the Wa High Court which had an injunction placed on the move by the group of workers.
Some of the allegations, he said, included general abuse of office, procurement malpractices such as the purchase of a Mercedez Benz saloon car valued at about GH¢500,000 for the office and delayed promotions of staff.
To express their dissatisfaction with the administration of the rector, the tutors boycotted the induction ceremony of the rector but participated in the congregation of graduands of the school.
Court injunction
According to Prof. Bagah, due to the injunction by t, he Wa High Court restraining the council from investigating him, the Polytechnic Council could not constitute a committee to investigate the allegations levelled against the rector.
When contacted, Prof. Owusu Marfo, who refuted the allegations, said he was at post.
He said he received a letter from Prof. Bagah on Thursday, April 5, 2018, which stated that he had been suspended because of the allegations levelled against him by the tutors.
Prof. Owusu Marfo said he then consulted his lawyer who went to the High Court to seek an injunction to quash all the allegations against him on the grounds that the group did not follow due process.
However, normal lectures are in session.
Source: Graphic.com.gh


Police Depot Schools Accused Of Charging Unapproved Fees

Some members of Parent Teacher Associations (PTAs) of basic schools at the Police Training School in Accra have asked for the immediate stoppage of collection of unapproved fees being charged by teachers amounting to more than GH¢10, 000 every academic term.
They also asked for the dismissal, sanction and transfer of teachers who continue to extort money from them illegally.
About 2,000 pupils are charged at least GH¢5.00 everyday in spite of concerns raised by PTAs about the illegal fees which is not sanctioned by the Ghana Education Service (GES).
They said the teachers have taken undue advantage of the lack of proper supervision by the Ghana Education (GES) and are making several thousands of cedis from poor parents.
Some parents who pleaded anonymity said the school takes so much from them and explained that several complaints to the GES on the activities of the teachers have fallen on deaf ears.
Meanwhile, investigations conducted by the Ghanaian Times revealed that pupils were charged GH¢ 1.5 as early morning classes fees in addition to GH¢1.00 payment for motivation for teachers every day.
It also came to light during investigations that those pupils who absented themselves from school were still charged the early morning fees.
However, teachers who were absent benefited from the fees collected from the pupils.
A concerned teacher (name withheld) told the Ghanaian Times that part of the monies was taken to the GES directorate for sharing at the end of every term.
The Ghanaian Times also gathered that about 300 creche and kindergarten pupils at the pre-school were charged 40 Gp a day as extension fees to the teachers.
The teachers, investigations revealed closed from school at 12:30 but checks at the GES indicated 2:30 as the time for closing and departure from school.

Source: Ghanaian Times