GES LIFTS BAN ON TRANSFER

The Director General of the Ghana Education Service has lifted the ban imposed on transfer and release with immediate effect.

Staff of GES who wish to go on transfer could do so only on condition that they forfeit their T & T and Transfer grants.

Any Staff intending to go on transfer or release will write an undertaking forfeiting his/her grants.
The directive also entreats all Regional / Municipal / District Directors and Heads of Departments to bring this to the notice of all GES staff.

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Prampram DA Basic wins ICT Quiz

By Laudia Sawer, GNA

Tema, May 18, GNA – The Prampram D.A Basic ‘A’ School in the Ningo-Prampram District, has emerged winners of the second edition of the Fixit Fast ICT Quiz Finals.

The school won with 37 points beating its closest contender Edwinta Preparatory School which obtained 34 points, with Bask Academy and Zenu KKDA ‘2’ Basic School obtaining 32 and 31 points respectively.

The quiz was organized by the Fixit Fast ICT Centre in partnership with the Ghana Education Service to promote the learning of ICT among basic school students.

For their prize, the two winning students representing the school received a laptop computer each,16 gigs pen drive and textbooks, while the school was also awarded with a trophy, two sets of desktop computers and a tablet for the ICT teacher.

The three other schools also received some consolation prizes for participating in the quiz at the finals out of 222 participating schools.

Mr George Agyenim Boateng, Chief Executive Officer of Fixit Fast, said the quiz competition which was started in 2016 with schools in the Tema Metropolis, was expanded this year to include schools from the Ningo-Prampram, Kpone-Katamanso District and Ledzekuku-Krowor Municipal areas noting that it was his outfit’s dream to extend it nation-wide by 2025.

Mr Boateng noted that the quiz was initiated after his company conducted a survey which revealed that even though ICT was being thought in the basic schools, the interest among students were low.

He added that the quiz was therefore initiated to create a platform for assessing and rewarding students who excelled in the study of ICT, while equipping the schools with the needed equipment to aid the teaching and learning of the subject.

Mrs Gifty Twum-Ampofo, Deputy Minister for Gender, Children, and Social Protection, in a keynote address, commended the company for the initiative and reminded students of the importance of studying and excelling in ICT.

Mrs Twum-Ampofo encouraged the youth not to use their computers and phones to acquire unacceptable behaviours from the internet but should rather take advantage of the many electronic libraries and research works available to them to study for their future.

She also cautioned them against posting compromising photos and comments on social media as it would have a devastating effect on them and their families.

Educational Directors of Tema, Kpone-Katamanso, Ledzekuku-Krowor and Ningo-Prampram and other dignitaries that graced the event reiterated the use of ICT in the development of the nation and encouraged the youth to use it positively to their advantage.

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Northern Schools Re – open

Public Senior High Schools in the Northern, Upper East and Upper West Regions are to resuming today Monday 22nd May, 2017 to continue their academic work due to the release of funds for feeding by the central government.

In a statement CHASS is calling on all students to report at their various schools and be present for roll call 5pm.

The statement also urge students who are owing the school to come along with the money.

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Marketing Expert urges students to brand themselves

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By Iddi Yire, GNA

Accra, March 25, GNA – Mrs Agnes Essah, the Marketing Director, Vodafone Ghana, has urged students, who would soon be prospective job seekers to brand themselves for the corporate world.

She said in the competitive corporate world, it was increasingly important for the job seeker to create a career brand so that prospective employers could easily understand who the persons were and what professional skills they had.

Mrs Essah gave this advice at the 2017 Annual Management and Professional Day Celebration of the Faculty of Management Studies, University of Professional Studies, Accra (UPSA).

The event on the theme “Branding Yourself for the Corporate World” was attended by final year students of the University.

It was under the auspices of Vodafone Ghana, UT Bank, Guinness Ghana, Phase II Construction, Kasapreko, and DKD Holdings.

Mrs Essah said the branding process involved creating a unique name and image for a product and said a brand sits in the product; explaining that in personal branding, self- packaging was very critical.

“It is not all about certificates, there is something about performance, image and persona,” Mrs Essah stated.

She said the job seeker must identify his or her unique strength and start working on it; adding that “the corporate world was looking for who would deliver better results”.

She said working in the corporate world caled for decency in dressing, confidence and good communication skills and cautioned against hopping from job to job within very short periods as long term experience at a job could lead to greater and better job prospects.

She urged the students to put in place a five-year career goal and work towards it adding”You need to look for mentors. Look for people who will tell you the truth.

“Be careful about the perception you put out there about yourself, for you are the CEO of your own brand,” she added.

She said in brand management, attitude was very pivotal.

“You can only be the best version of yourself. Don’t be a photocopy of others,” Mrs Essah said.

Mrs Dzigbordi Dosoo, the Chief Executive Officer, Allure Ghana, in her presentation, recounted a painful experience of how some years ago, she and two other Ghanaians were prevented abroad from participating in a training programme; because on the day, they were to be presented to the sponsors at a dinner, their code of dressing did not match the occasion.

She said they had to be deported to Ghana the next day and their places offered to others and advised the students to be mindful of their dress codes and the sort of image they put out there about themselves.

Professor Charles Bannor, the Pro-Vice Chancellor, UPSA, said programmes like the Annual Management and Professional Day Celebration, distinguishes products of the UPSA from other universities.

Prof Albert Puni, the Dean for the Faculty of Management Studies, UPSA, who chaired the function, said the aim of the Annual Management and Professional Day Celebration was part of efforts to prepare the would- be graduating students for the job market.

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Mando Senior High wins Mathematics and Science Contest

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Accra, Mar. 25, GNA – The Mando Senior High School (SHS) has emerged winner in the 2017 edition of the Mathematics and Science Contest, an initiative organised by Bensyl Hiring Services to educate second cycle schools within the Ajumako Enyan Esiam District.

They were awarded a trophy, an undisclosed amount of cash, science and mathematics text books as well as certificates.

Other participating schools of the contest were Enyan Denkyira SHS and Ajumako SHS, who placed second and third, respectively. They also received cash prizes, science and mathematics text books and certificates.

The annual educational exercise organised in collaboration with the Ajumako Enyan Esiam District of the Ghana Education Service, and the vision attributed to Bensyl Hiring Services (BHS), formed part of the district’s desire to make education the first priority of life.

Mr Bernard-Badu Acquah, the Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of BHS in a statement highlighted his commitment to education.

The CEO stressed on the need for science and mathematics education for students as the best way to develop Ghana in the near future.

Mr Badu-Acquah, who noted that his outfit would continue to support educational activities with the District added that this year’s event was the second edition of the programme which had been scheduled to take place annually under the auspices and sponsorship of BHS and GES.

Madam Macaiver Ivy Quay, the District Education Director, lauded BHS for the initiative, saying the directorate was blessed to have a benevolent act like this towards education.

The District Education Director told the teaming students representing the three schools to take advantage of the gesture to aid their learning.

Mr Kofi Abotsie Mawuena, the Science and Technology Mathematics Education (STME) coordinator and quiz master also commended the CEO of BHS for the laudable initiative, and efforts to improve the educational standards within Ajumako in the Central Region.

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Government to prioritise female education – Prez Nana Addo.

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By Ken Sackey, GNA

Odumase Krobo, (E/R), March 26, GNA- President Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo on Saturday said his government would leverage on the education of women and girls as a critical and strategic means of accelerating and bringing premium to Ghana’s development process.

According to him investing in, and increasing access to education, especially for females, was a key driver for economic growth and prosperity for citizens, where transformation would be hinge on.

He said it would also scale up the level of investment in education to promote the political, social and economic advancement of women and girls.

“If we are to transform the lives of our people, if we are to transform our economy from a raw material producing and exporting one, to a value added one, we need a literate population…therefore achieving excellence in girls education is a must if we are to shed off the evils of poverty, ignorance and disease and put our country on the path of progress and prosperity,” he said at the 90th anniversary celebration and Speech and Prize giving day of the Krobo Girls Secondary School at Odumasi-Krobo in the Eastern region.

President Akufo-Addo noted that world-wide research had indicated that the education of females was the most effective measure that a developing nation like Ghana could employ to improve its standards of living, as it had been proven that educating girls produced considerable social and welfare benefits.

He said education was the most critical tool to influence economic growth of the country, stressing that governments’ drive would be focused on empowering citizens with education to enable them make the informed choices that would propel the country to the desired levels of development.

“We lament every day that we started on the same pedestal with nations like Malaysia, Singapore and South Korea but the truth is that they have made it simply by wiping off their deficits and empowering a generation of citizens with education and the skills to power their nation’s development.

“Citizens can only make informed choices if they are empowered with the capacity to make those choices…in the fundamental sense, education is the key to human development and widening life’s options to individuals and society as a whole.

“In that sense, education is the key to the development of our nation and a healthy democracy… my government regards education as a public good to which the youth, especially girls must have unfettered access. To build the Ghana we deserve, everyone has a major stake in ensuring that we achieve excellence in educational system and that of the girl child,” President Akufo-Addo reiterated.

On the financing of education in the country, President Akufo-Addo said his government would leverage on gains from Ghana’s natural resource to fund the cost of free education to speed up the development of the nation.

He was of the believe that the most equitable and progressive way of using proceeds from Ghana’s oil was to educate and empower the population so as to drive the industrialisation process, “instead of the proceeds finding itself in the hands of a privileged few.”

The President also stressed the importance of building the capacity of and adequately motivating teachers if the country were to make a head way in its educational policy outlook, adding that only well trained, self-confident and content teachers can deliver the educated and skilled workforce the country required to transform the economy.

To this end, the President reiterated his government’s commitment to pursuing a regime of teacher training and development to boost their capacity, and restoring the profession to its deserved status and an enviable career, as well as facilitate the acquisition of homes for teachers through teacher union schemes.

The President also urged parents to play their roles in the education of their children, as their involvement in their education was a significant factor for their educational success.

He tasked the Minister of Education, Dr Mathew Opoku Prempeh to ensure that the schools’ request for an 18-unit classroom block was met.

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FOUR PEOPLE ARRESTED IN KUMASI OVER BECE LEAKED PAPERS SAGA

The police in Kumasi have picked up four teachers including an invigilator at the Ahenneman Kokoben D/A Junior High School on suspicion of solving exam questions for BECE candidates Three of the suspects were arrested upon a tip off in a house near the exam centre in the process of photocopywritten objective answers of the ICT paper that the pupils were writing Friday morning. The four are Emmanuel Opoku, 29 ; Kwadwo Boateng ,25; Kwadwo Danso, 34; and Boateng Collins, 29. The Deputy Regional Police PRO in the Ashanti Region, Chief Inspector Godwin Ahianyo confirmed the arrest to Graphiconline’s Kwadwo Donkor. He reports that a search on one of the suspects revealed an amount of GH¢600 in GH¢1 denominations which he admitted to have collected from the pupils. The four are currently in police custody assisting in investigation. Source: graphic.com.gh

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