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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.

The Auditor-General of Ghana, Mr. Daniel Yaw Domelevo, has called for a concerted effort involving all Ghanaians to win the fight against corruption in the country.

In line with this, Mr. Domelevo charged ordinary Ghanaians to collaborate with those in responsible positions to use their good offices to fight the menace of corruption, which cut across all facets of national life.

“In fact, some of us (Public Officers) have the mandate to fight corruption, but we may not be capable. You (ordinary Ghanaians) may be capable but you have no mandate. Therefore, we must come together so that I can use your capacity to fight this cancer(corruption),” he said.

The University of Cape Coast (UCC) has signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with the Johannesburg University, South Africa, to deepen the collaboration between the two institutions.

The purpose of the MoU is to establish joint research programme, exchange of post graduate students, as well as student exchange and study abroad programmes.

Other areas of the collaboration include exchange of academic employees for the purpose of research, teaching and the presentation of special courses in the fields of their specialisation, jointly funded or third-party funded educational or economic assistance activities.

The Vice-President of Christ Apostolic University (CAUC), Prof. Clement Somua, has challenged universities to adopt best teaching practices that will help to produce graduates who are critical thinkers.

He said university education should not produce graduates who would only reproduce what they had been taught in school adding that “they should be innovative and contribute meaningfully to transform society”.

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