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Researchers in Africa have been urged to collaborate and lead research into issues that affect the lives of people on the continent.

This call was made at a roundtable discussion during the closing ceremony of the two-week International PhD Summer School which was hosted by the Institute for Development Studies.

Making a presentation at the function, a former Director of the Institute of African Studies, University of Ghana, Prof. Akosua Adomako Ampofo, said the goal of research was to make a difference in the society so African Researchers should be bold and open minded to new ideas that would enhance their research capabilities on issues affecting the continent.

The Institute for Development Studies (IDS) in collaboration with the Youth Inclusive Entrepreneurial Development Initiative for Employment (YIEDIE) is organising a five-day training for trainers course on campus.

The programme which is aimed at providing participants with skills to train the youth and service providers across the value chain. It will equip them to also train young women and men in the technical construction skills and how to start and grow small businesses.

Opening the programme, the Pro-Vice-Chancellor, Prof. George K. T. Oduro, said the programme was particularly important in the context of the many unemployed, underemployed, out of school and people living on the minimal expected standard of Two Dollars per day in Ghana. He said a key contribution to impacting the development of Ghana was through such initiatives as YIEDIE that is estimating to reach about 24, 000 youth with training in technical, life and entrepreneurial skills leading to employment.

The Dean of the School of Medical Sciences (SMS), Prof. Francis Ofei, has launched the 2018 Brain Awareness week celebrations at the University.

Lunching the week-long celebrations, Prof. Ofei called for the introduction of screening new-born babies for Thyroid deficiencies as done elsewhere to prevent brain complications in children.

To this end, he said: “It is done in the Western world, we have not found remedies to these and need to embrace this by looking out for the causes in autism for example”.

 

Some 13 students have been arrested by the Akyem Oda police for writing the ongoing West African Senior School Certificate Examination (WASSCE) on behalf of final year students.

The students - nine from the university and four from senior high schools – were caught at the PLACID International School in Oda.

A Professor of Tourism at the Department of Hospitality and Tourism Management, Prof. Francis Eric Amuquandoh, has recommended that leisure should be integrated into the development plans of Ghana to improve the quality of life of citizens.

According to him, leisure was one of the essential requirements for excellence, creativity, innovation and invention, and, therefore, urged government to provide the means to enable citizens to participate in it.

In his view, such a plan could serve the entire society in the form of increased productivity, healthy workforce and reduction of crime rate.

The National Teaching Council (NTC) has held a two-day workshop to discuss and review deliverables on Continuous Professional Development (CPD), Licensing, Registration and Examination Procedures to improve on the professional competencies of teachers nationwide.

As a regulatory body, the Council is mandated by the 2008 Education Act, Act 778 to make teaching a profession through licensing and registration of teachers; setting standards for teachers; mapping and coordinating activities of CPD providers and supporting teacher training institutions to produce the needed manpower in the pre tertiary level.

In view of this, NTC of the Ministry of Education announced few years ago that teachers, including teacher trainees, would have to pass a special examination before acquiring a license to practice the profession. The move is to ensure discipline and weed out non-performing teachers from the educational system.

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