Thursday, April 18

Education

Rote learning to end — Education Minister
Education, News

Rote learning to end — Education Minister

Ghana is on the verge of ending the era where students spend years in school only to prepare for examinations instead of learning to understand in order to apply their knowledge in their field of work. This is a result of the huge investments made over the last seven years by the government and its development partners to build and upgrade science and computer laboratories to support many new and existing schools across the country to help promote practical teaching and learning. For instance, the government through the Ministry of Communications and Digitalisation under the e-Transform Project funded by the World Bank is building about 350 laboratories in some selected high schools across the country. It has also secured funding from an international service provi...
St Augustine’s wins World Fisheries Day quiz competition
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St Augustine’s wins World Fisheries Day quiz competition

St Augustine's College emerged winner of the first-ever quiz competition held in commemoration of this year's World Fisheries Day celebration. The other finalists were the Ahantaman Girls Senior High School (SHS), Keta SHS and Accra Academy. At the end of the competition which aired live on the popular UNIIQ FM’s show, “What Do You Know?” St Augustine’s carried the day with 36 points, while Accra Academy had 34 points, Ahantaman Girls and Keta SHS had 33 and 27 points respectively. Quiz The quiz focused on the significance of the fisheries day celebration, the importance of fishing activities, effects of illegal fishing activities and interventions being implemented to ensure Ghana attained the 14th Sustainable Development Goal (SDG) which focuses on food security. SDG 14 is about "L...
Mahama against licensure exams not licensing of teachers – Apaak
Education, Politics

Mahama against licensure exams not licensing of teachers – Apaak

The Deputy Ranking Member on Parliament’s Education Committee, Dr. Clement Apaak, has clarified that former President John Dramani Mahama is not opposed to the licensing of teachers but to the writing of the teacher licensure exams. During his ‘Building Ghana Tour’ in the Bono Region, Mahama vowed to abolish the licensure exams, arguing that subjecting teacher trainees to an additional assessment for qualification was unnecessary. However, his promise has been strongly criticized by various associations, including the Colleges of Education Teachers Association of Ghana (CETAG), which maintain the importance of the exams. In an interview with Umaru Sanda Amadu on Eyewitness News on Citi FM on Monday, Dr. Apaak said, “John Dramani Mahama is not opposed to licensing teachers; he is not opp...
139 Students benefit from UG Vice-Chancellor’s initiative
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139 Students benefit from UG Vice-Chancellor’s initiative

A total of 139 students from the University of Ghana have benefitted from the vice-chancellor’s One Student One Laptop (1S1L) initiative, a scheme targeted at enhancing the UG student experience through digitalisation. At a brief ceremony held at the Cedi Conference Centre on campus, the Vice-Chancellor, Professor Nana Aba Appiah Amfo, presented laptops to the beneficiary students. This brings to over 300 laptops that have been presented to beneficiaries, since the first distribution exercise in August 2022. Two separate events were previously held for 50 students in the Department of Computer Science and 75 presented to Graduate Students by the West African Genetic Medicine Centre (WAGMC). Significant initiative In a welcome address, the Director of the Public Affairs Directorate, Dr ...
81 Schools in flood-hit areas resume
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81 Schools in flood-hit areas resume

Teaching and learning have resumed in 81 out of 108 schools in the nine districts affected by the recent Akosombo Dam spillage, the Director-General of the Ghana Education Service (GES), Dr Eric Nkansah, has announced. “We are also making good progress, working with key stakeholders to restore teaching and learning in the remaining 27 schools within the North Tongu District, which for the most part, are used as camps and safe havens by displaced households. “Ultimately, the goal is to ensure that all schools affected by the floods resume teaching and learning activities within the shortest possible time,” he said. Dr Nkansah said this after a three-day working visit to the nine districts which were affected by the spillage of the Akosombo Dam by the Volta River Authority (VRA). Follow-...
Ghana to host DAAD’s 2023/2024 National Multiplication Training project
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Ghana to host DAAD’s 2023/2024 National Multiplication Training project

Four Senior Faculty members from four universities have won a grant from the German Academic Exchanges Service (DAAD) to host the 2023/2024 National Multiplication Training (NMT) project in the country. They comprised Dr. Mrs. Vida Korang of the Catholic University of Ghana (CUG), Dr. Sewoenam Chachu of the University of Ghana, Professor Anthony Amoah of the University of Environment and Sustainable Development (UESD) and Prof. Joseph Adjei of the Ghana Institute of Management and Public Administration (GIMPA). Giving an overview of the programme in an interview with the Ghana News Agency (GNA) in Sunyani, Dr. Korang, the Project Team Lead explained the NMT under the ‘Dialogue on Innovative Higher Education Strategies (DIES)’ of DAAD sought to promote the development of higher educa...
We must consider decentralising our education system – Okudzeto Ablakwa
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We must consider decentralising our education system – Okudzeto Ablakwa

Mr Samuel Okudzeto Ablakwa, a Member of Parliament for North Tongu and a former Deputy Education Minister, is advocating an effective decentralisation of Ghana's education system to produce good outcomes. "As a nation, we must start investigating education decentralisation…If our Local Government Ministry and Ministry of Education effectively decentralise, empower our teachers, and provide resources at the district level, we can have good outcomes," he said. Mr Ablakwa made the suggestion at the second graduation and Speech and Prize-giving Day of the Somanya Methodist Junior High School at Yilo Krobo in the Eastern Region. It was on the theme: "Preparing for Changing Work Environments, Leaving no Learner Behind." Decentralisation would enable the districts to have a platform ...
2023 Book Fair: Stakeholders urged to support pupils, teachers acquire basic digital skills
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2023 Book Fair: Stakeholders urged to support pupils, teachers acquire basic digital skills

The Ghana Country Director of the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organisation (UNESCO), Mr Abdourahamane Diallo, has asked the government and other stakeholders to build the capacity of pupils and teachers in acquiring basic digital skills to enable them compete globally. He said literacy in the 21st century included one’s ability to use basic digital tools and applications effectively, hence the need to make “equitable investment” to support the acquisition of such elementary skills at all levels. “Being literate in the 21st century goes beyond one’s ability to read and comprehend written text. It is, therefore, necessary to invest more resources in strengthening the capacity of learners and teachers at all levels to reap the full benefits of the digital revolu...
Minister extolls Vice Chancellor of DHLTU for exceptional leadership
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Minister extolls Vice Chancellor of DHLTU for exceptional leadership

Dr. Hafiz Bin Salih, the Upper West Regional Minister, has extolled Professor Elias N. K. Sowley, the Vice Chancellor (VC) of Dr. Hilla Limann Technical University (DHLTU) for his exceptional leadership which has led to the remarkable transformation of the university. He said the degree programmes introduced in the university under the leadership of Prof. Sowley had attracted many students to the school. Dr. Salih said this in Wa when the leadership of the university, led by the VC, honoured an invitation extended to them by the minister during the 4th congregation ceremony of the DHLTU held at the weekend which the minister was the Guest of Honour. The minister said the invitation was occasioned by the achievements of the university including the introduction of the degree progr...
Let’s normalize the conversation around menstruation – Madam Tekpor   
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Let’s normalize the conversation around menstruation – Madam Tekpor   

Madam Esinam Tekpor, the South Tongu District Girls Education Officer, has called on parents and guardians to normalize talks around menstrual health management to boost adolescent girls’ confidence to stay in school.  She said parents should not shun having conversations around menstrual hygiene with their children since that could boost the adolescent girl’s confidence about the changes in her body and manage her menstrual hygiene well.  Madam Tekpor said this in an interview with the GNA to commemorate the Menstrual Hygiene Day in the South Tongu District of the Volta Region.  Menstruation had been an inevitable part of the female body hence the need to educate the girls on how to manage it, she said.  “It is the right of every woman to have access to clean menstrual sanitary materials...