Miss Ruth Ama Gyan-Darkwa, a 13-year-old daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Kwadwo Gyan-Darkwa of Space Workers College, has been admitted as the youngest ever at the Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology (KNUST) in Kumasi.
The Honorable Minister of State in Charge of Tertiary Education, Prof. Kwesi Yankah, has debunked the media report that stated that government cannot employ graduates and that the “youth must take their fate and destinies into their own hands and mount projects as private sector entrepreneurs”.
Prof. Kwesi Yankah was the Guest of Honour at the 13th congregation ceremony of the Koforidua Technical University on Saturday 30th September, 2017.
According to Prof. Kwesi Yankah, in his speech, he was very emphatic about what is expected of a graduate who has a background in technical and vocational education; adding that, "The gap that exist between academia and industry has always been of great concern to the Minister of State and he used the medium to charge technical universities to design their curriculum to bridge such gaps."
A team of assessors from the University of Cape Coast [UCC] has embarked on an institutional visit to Klintaps College, Tema to evaluate facilities and documents as part of the process for affiliation.
The team comprised Dr. Jacob Setorglo, Dr. Philip N. Gorleku and Dr. Samuel Essien-Baidoo from the College of Health and Allied Sciences, Dr. Precious Mattah of the Directorate of Academic Planning and Quality Assurance; Ms. Paulina Kwafoa of the Sam Jonah Library and Mr. Justice Agyenim Boateng of the Institutional Affiliation Office.
The visit was aimed at inspecting physical facilities; discuss institutional documents and policies such as statutes, students’ handbook, organogram, Quality Assurance Policy as well as financial plan of the College.
The listening platform for NPP has lauded President Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo and the NPP government for saving hundreds of Ghanaian children from the streets through the introduction of the free SHS policy.
The group which aims to disseminate the good deeds of the New Patriotic Party in the rural areas claims that the newly implemented policy has saved many would be street children from social vices such as drug abuse, prostitution, armed robbery etc.
The leading servant of the group, Mr. Alpha Asamoah says the mess that the National Democratic Congress (NDC) created would have prevented poor parents from getting senior high school education for their children but the NPP government with the introduction of free SHS have afforded all the opportunity to enjoy SHS education.
Speaking to Otec FM, Mr Alpha Asamoah stated that though some people are against the policy, Nana Addo should not let this discourage him but rather turn deaf ears to his critics and focus on his visions to deliver to the expectation of Ghanaian.
”The move by government to restore the Teacher and Nursing trainees allowances indicates that the NPP government is fixing all that the previous government destroyed and that means the transformation of the Nation which President Nana Addo has been reiterating will come to pass.
He therefore appealed to the government to consider the party members and other sympathizers who helped the party to win the 2016 general elections particularly, the grassroots and provide them jobs.
The Minister of Planning, Prof. George Gyan-Baffour says government will weigh in on the 3-year, 4-year Senior High School programme to determine which one will best be of an advantage to students in excelling in their exams.
His comments follow when ISSER presented a report indicating that the 4-year SHS system gave better outcomes of results than the 3-year SHS.
Speaking at the launch of Ghana Social Development Outlook 2016 at the University of Ghana's Institute of Statistical, Social and Economic Research (ISSER) on Wednesday, September 27, Prof Gyan-Baffour said government’s decision will be determined based on what the public say.
According to him, government will make sure students spend exactly three years in school that is why the first-year SHS students went to school starting in the academic year but if the public insists the 3-year system should be reverted to four years based on its quality, then government can weigh in on that option and implement it for the benefit of all.
This he said will take government either 1 or 2 years to study the outcome of students’ results before they finally decide on that.
He further indicated that money will not be a problem especially since government has rolled out the Free SHS programme to benefit every child in Ghana to be enrolled in school although people have raised concerns about it if SHS becomes four years again.
In his explanation, he said the premise of government’s idea of Free SHS is that money shouldn’t be an infraction to the education of children so whether three or four years, students will still enjoy Free SHS.
Former President John Agyekum Kufuor’s New Patriotic Party (NPP) administration introduced the 4-year SHS programme in 2007 based on research.
The new system, however, lasted three academic years as the National Democratic Congress (NDC) assumed power in 2009 and reverted to the 3-year system.
Since then, there have been series of debates whether the policy should be reverted or not.
Former students of St. John’s Grammar School (JONSCO), Achimota, over the weekend evoked some memorable events back in the days, when they organised fundraiser dubbed ‘JOSA Apoknkye Nkrakra’.
The JOHNSCO Old Students Association (JOSA) poured out in numbers to participate in the event which was aimed at generating financial support towards the completion of a clinic and secretarial project being constructed by the Association.
Food and drink were in abundance as the former students, joined by current students on campus, entertained themselves with live band music over different meals made of seasoned goat meat including light soup popularly called “Aponkye Nkrakra”.
Apart from using the event to socialise and raise funds to support their alma mater, participants which cut across the various year groups, seized the opportunity to promote personal business networks.