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GES urged to rethink on mobile phone use in SHS

Mr Kenneth Ashigbey, the Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of the Ghana Telecommunications Chamber has called on the Ghana Education service (GES) to re-consider its stance against the use of mobile phones in Senior High Schools.

Speaking at the 87th Speech and prize-giving Day celebration of the St Augustine’s College in Cape Coast on Saturday, Mr Ashigbey said mobile phone usage could be properly regulated in schools to advance academic work of students

The anniversary celebration which was on the theme: “The role of technology in preparing students for the future global economy” brought together people from all walks of life including; old boys, staff, parents and other distinguished personalities from across the country.

Mr Ashigbey said allowing SHS students to use mobile phones must not be a problem because students could be guided on the effective use of the internet and its profitability.

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Government Secures $40m From World Bank To Support Free SHS

The government of Ghana, under the Secondary Education Improvement Project (SEIP) has negotiated an additional $40m from the World Bank to support the Free Senior High School (SHS) Policy, the Minister of Education has said.

Dr Mathew Opoku Prempeh said this in a speech read on his behalf at the 68th Speech and Prize Giving Day of St. Mary’s Senior High School in Accra.

He said the amount received from the World Bank will be used to upgrade facilities in 75 SHS’s in the country, adding that, the government is “continuing with physical works on the existing Community Day Schools in the country.”
Dr Opoku said the Free SHS had increased enrollment at the Secondary level hence the need for government to invest in infrastructure.

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Students with grade D7 won’t be accepted in colleges of education – Minister

Deputy Minister of education in charge of pre-Tertiary Education, Dr Yaw Adutwum, has disclosed that, colleges of education across the country will no more accept grade D7 as a cut-off point to admit students in the 2019/2020 academic year.

The Minister made this known when he was speaking on secondary education reforms, Free Senior High School Programme (FSHSP) and School Ranking System at a workshop on secondary education improvement project orientation organised for journalists by the Ministry of Education and Ghana Education Service.

The Minister said, as part of the current educational reforms, the cut-off point for colleges of educations will be grade C6 and not grade D7.

He added that as part of the reforms, government would train all head teachers to be able to use collected data to improve performance of students in the secondary education level in various schools in the country.

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Teacher unions set to strike over GHc 50m arrears

The three teacher unions have told the government to brace itself for a strike during the second term of the 2017/2018 academic year.

Although a specific date for the strike has not been given, the second term begins next week. The intended strike is in connection with the non-payment of arrears amounting to over GHc 50 million.

According to them, the said arrears were captured to be paid in the March 2017 budget but were not paid.
The unions, comprising the Ghana National Association of Teachers (GNAT), the National Association of Graduate Teachers (NAGRAT) and the Coalition of Concerned Teachers (CCT), have been negotiating with the government for the past 11 months.

The unions say the unpaid allowances have accrued from 2013 to date.

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Klo-Agogo students ‘packed like sardines’ in dormitories

As part of an ongoing campaign by Joy News to highlight issues in the implementation of the free SHS programme, the spotlight falls on Klo-Agogo Senior High School, where dormitories are overcrowded.

Students are forced to roll out their mattresses on the floor due to unavailable beds.

A bed meant to accommodate one student now squeaks to the weight of two or more students huddling to get a night’s sleep.

The free SHS policy that begun in September this year increased school enrollment in all Senior High Schools across the country, bringing untold difficulties on school administrators due partly to what many analysts say is the result of an in exhaustive planning process.

The school administrators, many of them overwhelmed by the numbers, are currently ensuring the smooth running of the program in spite of the challenges.


Ghanaians asked to connect education to socio-ecological challenges

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Dr Bob Offei Manteaw, a lecturer at the Africa Institute of Sanitation and Waste Management has called for a National Dialogue on the future of education in the country.
Dr Manteaw said Ghana should review its educational policies by adopting teaching and learning approaches that empower learners to solve social and ecological challenges.
He therefore called on the government, educational leaders and stakeholders to consider a wholesale overhaul of teaching and learning in schools.
Dr Manteaw, who was speaking in an interview with the Ghana News Agency in Accra on Monday, said the current social and ecological challenges such as sanitation, climate change and disasters facing the country have exposed obvious lapses in educational standards.


School of Applied Science of T’poly holds research conference

The School of Applied Science of the Takoradi Polytechnic, has organized her maiden Research Conference to promote knowledge sharing, as well as ensure industrial growth and job creation.
The research conference provided the platform for academicians and researchers to share their research findings and knowledge to the teaching and non-teaching community.
Mr. Kow Panyin Nketsiah Richardson, Public Relations Officer of the Takoradi Polytechnic, told the Ghana News Agency that the Research Conference had come to stay, and it would help the Department to more frequently interact with the learning and industrial communities.
“You are therefore called upon to look out for notices and posters “Calling for Papers”. It is noteworthy to mention that we accept only original and unpublished papers”, he added.


Why free schools have not solved Kenya's problems

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Kenya has been praised for introducing free primary school education, in line with one of the Millennium Development Goals, but the country is now battling to raise education standards, as the BBC's Anne Soy has been finding out in Nairobi.
The classroom is crammed.
Four or five children squeeze into 1.5m-long wooden desks with the ones at the end forced to stretch a leg out into the aisle to stabilise them.
They are not sitting comfortably but they do seem to be concentrating on the maths lesson.
At the front one of the class is working out a conversion of grammes to kilogrammes.
The rest of them - roughly 100 11-year-olds - recite the answer in chorus.
The teacher walks around the classroom making sure all the pupils are on the same page of the textbook.
This is the scene at Nairobi's Olympic Primary School, which once had a reputation for high academic standards.


MTN Ghana trains Accra College students and Teachers

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MTN Ghana Foundation, has undertaken an Information Communication Technology (ICT) and Public Speaking training programme at the Accra College of Education (AcCE) for the teachers and students.
Mrs Georgina Fiagbenu, Corporate Communications Senior Manager of the Foundation, said the training followed a request made by the College to improve the skills of the teachers in Microsoft Excel and PowerPoint, whilst the students were exposed to the skills of public speaking.
Mrs Fiagbenu said the training was part of the Foundation’s programme dubbed: “21 days of MTN
Yello Care,” which takes place annually from June 1- June 21 to enable employers to volunteer their services in communities to touch lives.
She said the programme was aimed at empowering the teachers to take advantage of the digital trend.


Your Toddler Probably Has Something To Teach You About Right And Wrong

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Parents consider teaching their children the difference between right and wrong to be an important duty, but a recent study published Thursday in the journal Current Biology suggests that children may have a little something to teach adults, too.
Thanks to an inventive set of experiments conducted via puppet, researchers in Germany and the U.K found that children may have an innate sense of restorative justice and even intervene on behalf of others in addition to themselves when something has gone wrong.
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