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22
Jun

It is long past time to abolish the West African Examinations Council (WAEC)

By Dr. Michael J.K. Bokor
Saturday, June 20, 2015
Folks, the prevalence of malpractices in examinations conducted by the West African Examinations Council (WAEC) is nothing strange. It is perennial. In the era of the “O” and “A” level exams, leakages occurred and students suffered the negative backlash.
When the tide changed for the basic level (beginning with the Junior Secondary School part to be fused into the BECE at the SSS level because of the continuous assessment process to determine students’ fate in the end), the malpractices haven’t vanished. Instead, they have calcified and turned the entire examination system into an “auction”, where those who know how to bid always win. And such people are those with the means to influence those who have access to examination papers/questions.

Fri
12
Jun

Release the Congolese activists still in jail for planning peaceful demonstrations

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When Congolese youth leaders and their Senegalese and Burkinabé colleagues met in March to launch a campaign for democracy, the regime reacted forcefully.
Security police – the Agence Nationale de Renseignement (ANR) – and men in military uniform stormed the venue where the group was planning to launch the Filimbi movement. They arrested several attendees, including members of the local and foreign press, Kevin Sturr (the head of USAid’s democracy and governance programme in the Congo), Senegalese and Burkinabé youth leaders, and 26 activists. Sylvain Saluseke, an international insurance firm executive and Filimbi member, and youth leader Fred Bauma of Goma–based LUCHA, were also arrested.

Fri
05
Jun

A moment that changed me – the man who forgot we’d had sex

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If you are feeling twitchy and restless or dissatisfied, it’s usually a good indicator that change is afoot, or needs to be. I was very restless. So much so that I had given up my job as a paralegal in the City and leapt into art school. I hoped I’d meet creative types there who would give me the boost I needed, only to find that the legal folk I had left behind were more erudite, thoughtful and interesting than the art students. So I widened my search for something or somebody at evening classes. Signing up to a film appreciation class did not change me. But signing up to the creative writing course at City University had far-reaching consequences.

Thu
28
May

Pope Francis' powerful signal to the poor

On Saturday, thousands gathered in El Salvador to celebrate a jubilant moment in their country's history. In a special ceremony held in the capital city of San Salvador, former Archbishop Oscar Romero was beatified, putting him one step closer to sainthood.
It is unfortunate that many Americans have probably never heard of Romero. Like Mahatma Gandhi and Rev. Martin Luther King Jr., he was a believer in nonviolence and the innate dignity of all people. Sadly, just like Gandhi and King, Romero died a violent death. A champion of the poor, Romero was shot and killed while celebrating Mass in a hospital chapel 35 years ago. He was 62.

Tue
19
May

Manasseh’s Folder: The Yvonne Nelson Revolution

Photo Source: modernghana.com

One after the other, the groups passed; singing, chanting and stamping their feet in unison. As if “asafo companies” possessed by the goddess of music, they charged towards the Tetteh Quarshie Interchange with spontaneous compositions around the two most unpopular synonyms in the country presently – Mahama and dumsor:
“Dumsor is what you get! Dumsor is what you get! You said you needed Mahama, so dumsor is what you get!” came one composition.

Thu
07
May

Why Are We Losing in the Middle East? Too Much STEM, Not Enough Humanities

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In his new book, In Defense of a Liberal Education, CNN host Fareed Zakaria says we must protect the liberal arts against the perception that an engineering or business degree is a wiser choice for everyone in today's economy. As a professor of English and Religious Studies, of course I welcome all allies in defense of an education that combines history, literature, philosophy, science and the arts.
Science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) are enriching in many ways, but a society whose higher education has been narrowed to those subjects is a society headed for trouble. Nowhere is this more glaringly true than in the case of America's response to Islamist terrorism since 9/11. American leaders might have avoided a series of horrific mistakes if they had relied a bit more on the humanities and a bit less on the STEM.

Thu
23
Apr

The Woes Of Tertiary Students In Ghana Under The Mahama-Led NDC Government

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It is pathetic that, the Mahama-Led NDC government had turned deaf ears to the cries of students despite the various challenges they are confronted with.
Currently, the cost of attaining tertiary education in Ghana had increased tremendously under this administration. One has to pay between GH¢3000 to GH¢8000 (depending on courses) for just one academic year in Public institutions. An amount far above what some private universities charges.
Parents/Guardians has no option than to struggle to pay these high fees because they believe, education is the backbone to nation’s development.
These increases, is in sharp contrast to the charges under the Kuffuor-Led NPP government (2001 – 2008).

Mon
13
Apr

Let’s Remove Illegal Fuel Stations To Ensure Safety Of Residential Settlements

The recent Fire outbreak at a Liquefied Petroleum Gas Station at Dansoman Estates in Accra that claimed one life with some people getting injured has sent shock waves down the spines of many people. Currently most people who live close to gas and petrol stations live in fear that sooner or later they could suffer from fire outbreaks. Their fears are well founded because Although the National Petroleum Authority (NPA) rules stipulate that gas and fuel stations should be sited at a minimum of 30.8 meters or 100ft from residential areas the situation on the ground is different.
Studies have shown that currently the rules are often not followed either by the city authorities or those who are responsible for allocating plots of land to the petrol station owners. At Abeka-Lapaz for instance, eight fuel and nine gas stations are situated close to residences, restaurants, super markets, schools and churches

Fri
03
Apr

A Good Deal, a Long Time Coming

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The deal recently concluded between Iran and the so-called "P-5 plus 1" nations (the United States, Great Britain, France, Russia, China and Germany) is designed to prevent Iran from being able to rapidly acquire fissile material in quantities suitable for use in a nuclear weapon. According to President Obama, the agreement is a "good deal" that "shuts down Iran's path to a bomb." The devil is in the details, of course, which won't be finalized until June 30, but at first blush the deal emerging out of Switzerland accomplishes that which it was intended to. Critics maintain that Iran will be able to readily defeat restrictions imposed by the deal in order to realize its nuclear aspirations. The key to any agreement will lie in the verification measures implemented to ensure compliance.

Tue
31
Mar

Open Letter To President Mahama

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I write to you Mr. President about the rate at which companies retrench their employees. You are well aware that an opportunity to work remains a lofty goal for everyone, especially the youth of Ghana. Your Excellency, it is important to remind you that you are in your third year of the NDC’s second term as president. However, many workers are losing their jobs while others face threats of layoffs.
Mr. President, many Ghanaians have invested resources in educating their wards with the hope that one day they will enjoy the benefits of their investment. Sadly, ‘had I know’ appears to be the watch word of many parents. For the first time in the history of Ghana, there is an association of unemployed youth. This is really unprecedented!

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