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Thu
21
Sep

Children in Upper East find solution to armyworm

Three basic-school students in the Nabdam District of the Upper East region have come up with a chemical they claim is an answer to fall armyworm attack.

The invention, credited to Joseph Adule Aberika and Elizabeth Nagroug from the Kongo Junior High School and Elizabeth Bugre from the Presentation Junior High School, comes after a nationwide armyworm raid on farmlands had set government’s teeth on edge.

Scores of educationists greeted the invention with applause at the 7th Regional Science, Technology, Mathematics and Innovation Education (STMIE) Camp held in Bolgatanga, the regional capital, where the students displayed the chemical and explained how it worked.

“We made a garden. We tested it. It drove away the [armyworms] but they came back to destroy the maize. It is used temporarily, not permanently,” explained Elizabeth Nagroug.

Thu
21
Sep

US will help Africa defeat terrorism – Trump

President of the United States of America, Donald Trump has reiterated the commitment of his country to partner with the African Union to end violence, prevent the spread of terrorism, and to respond to humanitarian crises on the African continent.

“Terrorist groups, such as ISIS, al-Shabaab, Boko Haram, and al Qaeda also threaten African peace. The United States is proud to work with you to eradicate terrorist safe havens, to cut off their finances, and to discredit their depraved ideology,” Mr. Trump said on Wednesday, at the side-lines of the 72nd Session of the United Nations General Assembly, after he held talks with President Akufo-Addo and seven other African Heads of State.

Wed
20
Sep

GIJ calls off graduation again

The Ghana Institute of Journalism has for the second time this month postponed its highly publicised graduation ceremony.

The ceremony was earlier billed for September 8, 2017, and subsequently moved to 22nd of the month but has now been called off indefinitely.

A notice announcing the cancellation Tuesday said: “The 11th congregation ceremony scheduled for Friday 22nd September has been postponed to a date to be announced later”.

It is unclear the reasons for the postponement but StarrFMonline.com sources say it is connected to the issues surrounding classes of students.

Early this month, confusion rocked the school over the GPA of students who were to partake in the graduation.

The school, after concerns from angry students, removed the classes of students which had been posted on its notice board.

Fri
15
Sep

I wrote Free SHS song – Kwesi Yankah

The Minister of State in charge of Tertiary Education, Prof. Kwesi Yankah, has said he wrote the title song for government’s education policy – Free SHS.
He, however, adds that the song was composed by Varrick Armah who put together the popular gospel tune Oye.

The second stanza of the free SHS song reads “The time has come for children
To ride the freedom train

And sing hallelujah

SHS is free

It’s time for us the youth

To discover the best in us

Free SHS is here to stay

To wipe all our tears away (2x)”.

Meanwhile, the Government has dismissed head teachers of two secondary schools in the country over extortion in the ongoing admissions under the free SHS policy.

The sacked headmasters are Wisdom Blazu of the Pentecost SHS in the Eastern region and Assistant headmaster of Daffour Senior High School Rev S.P Eleworkor.

Fri
15
Sep

Increase VAT by 2.5% to fund Free SHS – Group

The Forum for Development is appealing to government to increase VAT by 2.5% to support the newly launched Free Senior High School education policy.

The Akufo-Addo-led government has rolled out its widely publicized free education policy at the second cycle level, hoping to give access to all.

The Forum has commended government for the initiative, however, it is apprehensive it will collapse without strong pecuniary backing.

“However, we believe that such a great initiative needs a strong financial backbone or else it will suffer premature death. We therefore urge government to increase VAT by 2.5% purposely to fund the policy so it will not suffer same fate as other pro poor policies.

Thu
14
Sep

Kofi Kinaata’s ‘Confession’ features in KNUST English Course

High Grade Family’s Multiple Award Winning Musician and song writer, Kofi Kinaata’s song titled “Confession” has featured in KNUST’s English course.
The lyrics of the song found its way in a Level 200 Literature material at the Kwame Nkrumah Nkrumah University of Science and Technology.
 
The song which was originally done in Fante is translated into English for literary appreciation. Kofi Kinaata took to his Facebook page and wrote:
“Level 200 KNUST students are studying the literary devices in #Confession this semester (Poems For ENG-LIT 263). Bigups to the lecturer”.

Tue
12
Sep

Oil money to fund Free SHS – Akufo-Addo

President Akufo-Addo has revealed his government will resort to “proceeds from natural resources” to fund the free Senior High School policy.

The policy is to ensure that every student eligible to enter second cycle institution gains admission with free meal and tuition.

“To ensure that no child is denied access to secondary education, we are removing one of the biggest obstacles that currently stand in their way: cost.

The cost of providing free secondary school education will be cheaper than the cost of the alternative of an uneducated and unskilled workforce that has the capacity to retard our development,” President Akufo-Addo stated at the launch of the policy in Accra Tuesday.

“Instead of the revenues from our mineral and oil resources ending up in the hands of a few people, the most equitable and progressive way of using these revenues is to educate and empower our population to strengthen our nation.

Fri
08
Sep

Ghanaians don’t prioritise Ghana – Mahama

Ghanaians think about their families, political parties, and other things before considering the welfare of the state, former President John Mahama has observed.

“Nationalism and patriotism have become very deficient today. Absolutely nobody thinks about the country first.

“We all think about ourselves first, our families second, our parties third maybe our communities fourth and Ghana comes a fifth or even 10th,” Mahama noted at the enrollment of the first batch of students at the NDC’s ideological school Friday.

The largest opposition party has constructed the school to offer and inculcate its ideals to the younger generation.

The NDC which was founded by former military leader Jerry Rawlings has struggled with ideaological identity over the years. Leading figures of the party have often aligned themselves to the principles of the CPP which was founded by Ghana’s first President Dr. Kwame Nkrumah.

Tue
05
Sep

I stand by corruption allegations - A Plus

Controversial hip life artiste Kwame A-Plus says he stands by his corruption allegation against the two deputy Chiefs of Staff Samuel Abu Jinapor and Francis Asenso-Boakye.

He made the comments after he honoured the CID’s invitation over the matter on Tuesday, September 5, 2017.

A Plus told Starr News’ Atiewin Mbillah Lawson that he has provided enough evidence to the Police on his allegations.

“I just gave a statement and provided the evidence they needed and its best that we allow the Police to do their work, I gave my evidence and told them why I said the people are corrupt and that was it.”

A Plus expressed surprise over reports circulating that he had alleged that two presidential staffers had taken bribes. According to him, he had never accused them of taking bribes but only stated they were corrupt people.

Sun
03
Sep

Call off strike – UEW tells UTAG

Some lecturers of the University of Education, Winneba, are calling on the Campus branch of the University Teachers Association of Ghana (UTAG) to call off their strike action as it is affecting admissions at the school.

The aggrieved lecturers argue that UTAG’s decision not to call off the strike is causing students to stay at home even though lectures are to set to begin at the university in the following week.

They describe the action of UTAG executives as an affront to the progress of the school as those executives are doing other duties assigned them by the administration and drawing home the benefits that go with such positions.

The strike was declared after a Winneba High Court ordered the Vice Chancellor Prof Mawutor and the Finance Officer of the school to step aside until a substantive case brought against them is determined.

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